Any crisis, however hard, hides opportunities to change society – and hence the world of work – for the better. Though they may presently be struggling, there will be opportunities for some sectors to become the driving force in economic recovery. Identifying those sectors will reveal the most in-demand skills for the coming months and years.

Despite the signs of recovery, the economies of the post-COVID era are unlikely to look the same as the economies prior to the pandemic. The transformation of our labour markets, the use of technology, the change in our behaviour as consumers, and our shifting expectations of how, where and when we want to work, will have a lasting impact. This will lead to potential emerging jobs in areas such as logistics and supply chain, technology, Ecommerce, Retail and Hospitality, Delivery and Legal industries.

In this section we streamline the top emerging industries in Middle East region.

*Note this information is for educational purpose only and cannot be used for commercial or monetary use.

Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceutical companies are taking centre stage in the Covid-19 fight, companies such as Gilead and Eli Lilly, are seeing positive growth on the stock market and a new burst of innovation in the infectious disease landscape as the race for treatment approval for a Covid-19 therapy takes off.

While the short-term demand for COVID testing and the race to find a vaccine intensifies, governments will re-allocating budgets to finance healthcare services and assessing the feasibility of immunity passports, mass vaccinations and scaling up of contact tracing.

  • Commercial, Regulatory
  • Pharmacist
  • Specialized Doctors
  • Licensed Nurses
  • Paramedics
  • Insurance & Claims
  • Clinical and non-clinical


Covid-19 has enforced organizations to adapt in technological advancements such as online banking, video conferencing, remote education, video calls, ecommerce etc.

As all labour market experts concur, the first sector is AAA (algorithms, AI, automation) where we find the professions involved in the study of Big Data and its various applications – from Industry 4.0 to public services (digital public administration, home banking and so on).

IT jobs in demand:

  • Support roles:
  1. Healthcare Technology Support
  2. Education Technology Support
  3. Ecommerce Technology Support
  • Internal communications
  • Cybersecurity
  • IT Risk Analysts
  • loT
  • Cloud Security
  • IT infrastructure / Architects
  • AI
  • Business intelligence
  • Data analytics and more..
  • Cybersecurity Engineers
  • Service Operations
  • HPSM Consultants
  • Business Continuity Specialists
  • Service Availability Specialists
  • Problem Manager
  • Technology(SAP) BDM
  • DevOps Engineers
  • AWS Cloud Engineers
  • Enterprise Architects
  • Data Architect
  • Sr. System Analyst
  • IT Disaster Recovery

Ecommerce, Retail and Hospitality

Consumer Products food & beverage companies are facing significantly reduced consumption as well as disrupted supply chains. At-home consumption has increased, but out-of-home consumption – which historically generates the highest margin – has come to nearly a standstill. While select retailers are not seeing diminished sales — warehouse clubs, grocery and drug stores — as consumers stock up on essential items, others are struggling. Industries like e-grocery, retail e-commerce, online food delivery etc have seen massive growth due to fear of virus and social distancing norms.

Job growth areas:

ECommerce jobs in demand

  • Web Merchandisers
  • Project Manager
  • Marketing Communications and Content executives
  • Digital Marketing Executives, Specilists and Managers
  • Ecommerce Marketplace Executives
  • Ecommerce Specialists, Assistants & Analysts
  • Strategy and Palnning Specialists
  • Temporary Apprenticeships
  • Office administration
  • Customer Service

Retail jobs in demand

  • Temp holiday retail roles
  • Communications and Content Specialsits
  • Store Managers
  • Backoffice support
  • Retail Trade
  • Operations
  • Business Development and Sales
  • Finance Accountants
  • Project Managers
  • Retail Technology
  • Promoters, Merchandisers, Auditors
  • Mystery Shoppers

Hospitality jobs in demand

  • FnB Managers
  • Chefs
  • FnB Operations
  • Front Office roles
  • Health and Safety
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Technology

Logistics and Delivery

As industries look beyond the Covid-19 crisis it is clear that the pandemic will have a lasting impact on how businesses operate and also where their strategic focus lies.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, companies that offer delivery services are seeing a surge in business. A number of companies have already announced large-scale hiring’s — such as Amazon, Ubereats and Domino’s Pizza — to keep up with demand to bring goods to doorsteps.

Job growth areas:

  • Logistics Managers
  • Logistics Coordinators / Executives
  • Operations Executive
  • Supplu Chain Management
  • Admin And Support Functions
  • Robotics & Ai Specialists
  • Sustainability Managers
  • Accounts
  • Customer Service
  • Export Import roles
  • Warehouse roles


Business needs to take its legal obligations into account when developing its strategy and tactics to help protect the health of its workers and the stability of its business, especially as the move to virtual or remote working increases and the business is required to more actively manage workforce level

Job growth areas:

  • Legal Executive
  • Legal associates
  • Paralegal
  • Legal advisor / advocate / consutant
  • Legal research
  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers
  • Health lawyers
  • Employment lawyers

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