IT Jobs That Are Trending During The COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a once-in-a-lifetime disruption to the world economy. Countless businesses have been forced to close their doors and millions of Canadians have lost their jobs, had their hours reduced, or been temporarily laid off during the crisis. Have you lost your job? Apply for government support. Though the economy has been hit hard by these changes, there are some hopeful signs. Some critical jobs are experiencing a surge during the pandemic.

If you’re looking for work right now, like hundreds of thousands of other Canadians, here are some skills and IT jobs that are in demand right now.


1. Developers

With COVID-19 keeping everyone indoors, we’re spending more time online than ever. Developers keep all the digital platforms we rely on running smoothly. Many businesses are also counting on online sales to keep them afloat during this period of social distancing. Developers help businesses ramp up their e-commerce capabilities, debug and troubleshoot existing platforms, or build enterprise tools to help employers transition their workforce to work from home. Some employers are also using the slower period to work on big projects that were sidelined prior to the pandemic. From website redesigns, to software upgrades, to building new features, some long-gestating projects are finally seeing the light of day. Talented developers in all specialties are needed to bring them to life.


2. IT Consultants

Canadians have been spending a lot of time online during the pandemic, both during work hours and their downtime. Mobile apps, enterprise software, video conferencing, websites, online ordering systems and other IT systems are experiencing extremely high volumes. Some businesses are scrambling to increase the capacity of their online ordering systems and troubleshoot technical issues that arise during the crisis. Keeping these systems functional is critical for businesses to operate remotely and bring in revenue. IT consultants support building, improving and maintaining essential IT systems during this critical period. With a large portion of the Canadian workforce working from home, IT consultants who support remote networking and data security are also being recruited during the crisis.


3. Help Desk & IT support

Many companies have transitioned all or a large part of their workforce to a work-from-home model. A seismic shift like this requires a huge amount of coordination and support from internal IT personnel. From ensuring workers have the right hardware to work remotely (such as laptops, monitors, phones, etc.), to setting up remote access to enterprise software, VPNs, home networking, and video conferencing, to supporting workers who experience errors and need assistance with troubleshooting, maintaining a remote workforce is no easy undertaking. Help desk ensure that their colleagues are able to maintain their business activities and stay productive while working from home.


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