The pandemic may have disrupted everything from summer weddings to winter holidays, but there’s one thing even COVID-19 can’t stop . . . taxes. (Though, to be fair, it did delay them.) Tax professionals represented three of the top 10 most in-demand jobs on LinkedIn, according to our latest job posting numbers from January. 

While the tax season may be predictable, even in COVID times, the past month also saw dramatic growth for a role that you might not expect: receptionist. The number of job posts for receptionists grew by over 22x from December 2020 to January 2021 — a sign that in-person jobs could be starting to return in greater numbers. 

Read on for the full lists of the most in-demand jobs and the jobs with the fastest month-over-month growth. This post is updated monthly to help talent leaders and recruiters make hiring decisions, manage expectations, and better understand the competitive talent landscape.

Hiring tax professionals? Expect competition 

Demand for tax specialists tends to rise substantially during the U.S. tax season, from the end of January to mid-April. But demand could be higher than usual this year, judging from January’s list of the most in-demand jobs.

  • Jobs with the most demand overall Roles with the most LinkedIn job posts (Jan. 2021)  1. Software Engineer 2. Salesperson 3. Tax Specialist 4. Registered Nurse 5. Receptionist 6. Food Delivery Driver 7. Tax Preparer 8. Tax Associate 9. Project Manager 10. Full Stack Engineer  *Insights from LinkedIn

One reason that tax pros are in such high demand: taxes, at least in the United States, are especially complex this year. Companies may need more professional assistance than usual to sort out everything, from Paycheck Protection Program loans to the impact of the latest stimulus package,

And that’s just businesses. Individuals may also need extra help filing their taxes this year, with new complications like stimulus checks and measures allowing people to withdraw from their retirement accounts without the usual penalties.  

It’s also worth noting that while the list above includes jobs from around the world, most of the tax-related job posts are for roles in the United States, where (even in a normal year) filing taxes is more complicated than in many other countries

Just as you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to file your taxes, you also shouldn’t procrastinate if you need to hire tax professionals this season, as competition looks like it’ll be especially fierce for the near future. 

Receptionist jobs grow by 22x in one month

While the roles listed above had the most job posts on LinkedIn overall in January, we can also look at which jobs saw the greatest increase in job posts. 

Tax roles dominate this list as well, nabbing four of the 10 top spots. But the most striking growth belongs to another role: receptionist.

  • Jobs with the fastest-growing demand Roles with largest month-over-month increase in LinkedIn job posts (Dec. 2020 to Jan. 2021)  1. Receptionist +2,107% 2. Blockchain Developer +488% 3. Tax Specialist +450% 4. Android Developer +271% 5. Tax Preparer +271% 6. Tax Associate +256% 7. Tax Accountant +240% 8. Delivery Specialist +222% 9. Technical Project Manager +179% 10. Cook +163%  *Insights from LinkedIn

From December 2020 to January 2021, the number of job posts for receptionists grew by over 22x — that’s more than quadruple the growth seen for the No. 2 job, blockchain developer, which itself grew by nearly 500%. 

Why are we seeing such a dramatic spike in receptionists? It’s probably a confluence of many factors: an especially quiet December and active January — both of which are seasonal trends we see in a typical year — along with preparations in hopes of a post-pandemic recovery. Many of these job openings also seem to be driven by companies offering tax services, which could indicate that we’re seeing a short-term surge that may diminish after tax season. 

This list is also notable for what’s not on it: unlike previous months, we’re not seeing a spike in retail roles. That’s probably due to an expected slowdown after the holiday season.

Final thoughts

From vaccinations to gradual reopenings around the world, there are more and more signs that the global economy could be slowly regaining its footing. That’s a welcome development for everyone — though it also means recruiting professionals will need to prepare themselves for a more competitive labor market. 

Methodology

Based on global LinkedIn data on all premium job posts in December 2020 and January 2021. The most in-demand jobs are those with the highest number of job posts. The jobs with the fastest-growing demand are those with the biggest percentage growth in the number of job posts, from December 2020 to January 2021; jobs with fewer than 500 job posts in December 2020 were excluded from this analysis.