As the old adage goes, “New Year, New Career”. The January blues may be an all too relatable prospect for many – money worries after Christmas overspending and dread at the thought of returning to busy public transport commutes – and you may be worrying about the direction your career is heading in, or whether it’s even the right direction. Even those of you who are happy with your boss and team fit, doing work you enjoy, might have enjoyed some time off over Christmas and been busy thinking about what you want from your career this year.
If shaking up your career is one of your new year’s resolutions, think firstly about the skills you possess and what direction you want to head in. Consider what kind of organisations your skillset might be best suited to. Are you looking to step up or perhaps take on a sideways move into a different industry? Over half (55%) of workers in Ireland plan to look for a new job in the coming year, and over a third of staff (36%) say there is no scope for progression within their current organisation, according to the Hays Ireland Salary & Recruiting Trends 2020 guide.
Consider, firstly, what is really important to you in a role. Money is often a significant factor but not by any means the only one. It might be that you feel your progression has stalled, you crave more flexibility, or are looking for a more competitive benefits package. Make sure to have a list of priorities ready to hand – it will help you to be clear with any recruiters you speak to and make sure you are moving for the right reasons.
Next, make sure you’re up to speed with the current state of the market. It is important to be realistic in your job search and to understand what pay you can expect, how likely you are to find a new role and in what timeframe. Build a relationship with your recruiter so they can support you in your job search and look at salary guides and job boards for insights into what a realistic salary might be for your role, region and seniority.
Finally, look specifically at what roles employers will be looking for. If you’re in possession of skillsets that are in high demand, you’ll be more likely to secure a new job quickly and be in an advantageous position for negotiating a competitive salary. This year, we’ve analysed and identified the 10 roles most likely to be sought by employers. These roles are commanding above average salary increases as skills shortages mean employers are struggling to find the talent they need. Is your job on the most wanted list?
Top 10 jobs for 2020
- BI analyst
- DevOps engineer
- Software engineering lead
- Quantity surveyor
- Site engineer
- Newly qualified accountant
- Commercial insurance underwriter
- Category manager and senior buyer
- Compliance manager
According to our list, technology and digitally focused jobs look to be the most sought after by employers. This is likely to continue and is largely due to widespread digital transformation projects, which continue to shape both our personal and work lives. Roles such as project and change managers are also highly sought after to help support organisations implement and lead change projects.
Within accountancy and finance specifically, the demand for auditors within practice across all levels of seniority continues unabated, and both the continued implementation of automated systems and changes wrought by Brexit should ensure demand remains consistent across all industries. Meanwhile in construction and property, the recent demand for surveyors and site engineers continues unabated, and salaries for these roles continue to rise to match demand.
Even if your job doesn’t feature on our list, your skills are still likely to be in demand, and by understanding your options you’ll be well placed to find a new job this new year. Employers are heavily prioritising soft skills alongside technical ability, so consider how you could improve your communication, problem-solving and adaptability skills. We come across candidates all the time who underestimate the importance of selling these soft skills, both on their CVs and during interviews, and can’t emphasise enough how important this will be to propel your job search into next year and beyond.
Visit our New Year Career Hub to assess what salary you could earn, read our Hot Jobs 2020 report, discover career advice and more.
About this author
Mark joined Hays in 1985 as a trainee consultant and has been in various roles, sectors and locations during his time at Hays. He is a Board member and in 2019 his responsibilities extended to Hays Ireland.