Benefits agency UWV delved into its own vacancy figures and has published a list of 54 so-called shortage professions, divided over 13 sectors.
The UWV looked at the number of vacancies for a position in relation to the number of job seekers. The overview is based on figures from autumn 2020, in the middle of the corona period.
Professions with a low job probability
(Financial) administrative assistant, (support) secretary, postal workers, personnel planners, desk clerk at a bank
Advertising account managers, advertising and marketing staff, communication and PR advisors, sales / marketing / advertising managers, employment and recruitment agency managers
- Culture, media and design
Library staff, museum staff, musicians / actors / artists, print preparers, TV / theater production assistant, audiovisual technicians, cinema / theater service employee, graphic designers, multimedia and web designers
- Sport and vitality
Fitness trainers and sports instructors Lifestyle coaches
- catering industry
Waiters and bar staff, hotel receptionist and porter, catering industry managers
Concierges, receptionists / telephone operators, company restaurant employee, facility manager, institutional chef
- Transport and logistics
Taxi driver, conductors, forwarding and distribution manager, bus drivers, stewards, pilots
- Events and travel
Travel consultants, tour guides, event organizers
Hairdressers, funeral directors, masseurs, beauticians, animal handlers
Seller non-food (for example books or camping products), window dresser, fashion manager
- Education and pedagogical functions
Teaching assistants primary education, teachers secondary / mbo art subjects, trainers communication skills
- Social and wellbeing
Activity counselors, social workers
In this document, UWV explains for each sector why there is a job shortage.
Too popular profession
Some professions on the list have been offering less good job opportunities for some time, for example because they have to do with digitization and automation. Think of library staff and graphic designers.
There are also professions that have been incredibly popular among students and job seekers for years, but where there are simply not that many jobs, such as animal caretaker or art teacher.
Due to corona
On the other hand, there are sectors that – directly or indirectly – have been hit hard by the corona crisis and where there is now at least temporarily less work. This applies to the catering industry, the hairdressing sector, but also commercial professions in advertising and marketing.
It is quite conceivable that job opportunities in these sectors will flourish again if the corona measures are permanently relaxed, the UWV thinks.
Working from home a lot
“Yet there will also be industries, such as the culture and events sector and aviation, that have been hit so hard and have run into so bad that we expect it to be difficult to hire staff there in the near future,” says job market advisor at UWV Frank Kalkhoven.
This also applies to the facilities corner, he adds. “Because of the many homeworking, people come into offices less and there is less need for employees in the company restaurant, for example.”
He therefore advises people in these sectors to in any case orient themselves towards a possible different job.
Sven D’Fonseca was forced to do that already. He was working as a pilot at Wizzair when the corona crisis broke out. “1000 people had to leave and I was one of them. But yes, I have a mortgage, three children and a student loan that has to be paid off.”
Head above water
Before he could start at Wizzair, he worked briefly through a construction contractor. And now again. “I got to know him through my cousin and I approached it again. It is fine work in itself, but really to keep your head above water. As a pilot, there is just nothing to be found right now.”
But even if the aviation does pick up again, D’Fonseca is not sure whether he can remain a pilot. “If you are not employed anywhere, you have to pay for the licenses yourself to keep your pilot’s license valid. I don’t know if that will work. But if it doesn’t work, I will have to give up my dream.”
For Dominic Bennis, a forced job change turned out very well. Until the end of last year, he worked as a night manager at Holland Casino, where he managed the croupiers and security. He lost his job due to the corona crisis.
“Then I started thinking carefully about what I wanted. Every time I ended up in a lot of contact with people and preferably something with food. But yes, those are mainly catering functions and it is difficult to find work. Then I read about it in the newspaper. the retraining course from supermarket Dirk van den Broek to assistant branch manager. “
That seemed like something to Bennis. He has now had his retraining week. “It’s really cool,” he says. “I am in contact with everyone: from customer to filling crew to drivers who come to deliver. It says assistant manager on my nameplate, but it’s really not like they say: here you have the keys and good luck with it.”
Retrain as professionals
How do employers experience such career switchers? For Henny de Haas, general manager of Hoppenbrouwers Techniek, it has become a way of recruiting new staff. Last year, his company, with a total of 1,500 employees, hired 65 people from other industries.
“The thought used to be: it is too late to invest in people of 25, 35 years old. Now we are very conscious of these switchers and we have set up our organization to retrain them within a few months. professionals. “
Motivation is everything
Whether someone has been a cook, truck driver or administrative employee: motivation is the most important thing when switching, says De Haas. “They do not need to have special skills, although they must of course have a healthy work attitude. If they want, they can do it all. And usually they really want to, because the outflow in this group is much lower than, for example, the MBO students. who come into our service. “