Industries that are Growing Amid Lockdown

Industries that are Growing Amid Lockdown

The biggest global pandemic in over 100 years (COVID-19) may have brought massive economic loss and uncertainty, but it has also led to opportunities that will see certain sectors emerge and even flourish. 

To help you with your job search during these trying times, ValueChampion, an Asian-focused FinTech company, outlines some of the industries that are currently emerging and may continue to grow–and, thus, are looking to expand their workforce.

Online Training & Education Services

The coronavirus has shut schools around the world, and as a result, education has changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of home-based learning, where teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms. This has led to the acceleration in the integration of information technology in education, where online education will become an integral component of school education. 

Image: Kelly Services Singapore Salary Guide 2019
Image: Kelly Services Singapore Salary Guide 2019


This spike in demand for the online training and education sector could lead to aggressive hiring. While the job position of an online tutor may be the first thing that comes to mind, there are plenty of other relevant occupations within the field for those without teaching qualifications.

If you have software development skills, for example, you could consider applying for the position of a software engineer for distance learning platform solution providers.


Agricultural Technologies

Given that about 90% of Singapore’s food comes from overseas, the pandemic has proven to be a wake-up call on the issue of food security. The lockdowns in various countries have severely diminished global production capacities and disrupted global supply chains.

Image: Kelly Services Singapore Salary Guide 2019, SalaryExpert, IndeedSG
Image: Kelly Services Singapore Salary Guide 2019, SalaryExpert, IndeedSG


Agricultural sector will need an influx of workforce to scale up operations and meet the surge in demand for locally-produced crops. Job opportunities include becoming a horticulture technician, farm engineer (specialized in robotics and automation), and even an events executive for the marketing side of things.

Courier Pick-Up And Delivery Services

In light of the current Circuit Breaker measures, consumers are now increasingly ordering essential groceries and other food items online, thereby driving the market for courier pick-up and delivery services.

Also, given that the current social distancing measures are likely to be gradually lifted, the demand for this sector is likely to remain high for the foreseeable future.

Image: Kelly Services Singapore Salary Guide 2019, Indeed SG
Image: Kelly Services Singapore Salary Guide 2019, Indeed SG

While the first relevant job opening that immediately comes to mind would be that of a delivery driver, there are many other employment opportunities available. Just take a look at the multiple job postings by Ninja Van: from data analysts to UX designers to account management staff, there’s plenty of well-paying choices for the qualified jobseeker within the industry.

Look For Other Ways To Gain Experience

It’s a tough time to be looking for a job. That said, relevant experience is often the deciding factor for otherwise equal candidates. Even if you don’t get hired immediately, try to make the most of this social distancing time by exploring alternative ways to get the experience you need. You could reach out to companies and pitch your own internship (outline how you can help), for example. It might be unpaid work, but you’ll definitely learn something from it and that could lead to something in the future.

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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