The job market is always changing to suit the evolving needs of service users and organisations alike. Find out what new jobs this will open up for the charity sector
Over the last 20 years, the increasing prevalence of the internet for public use has bought with it many new jobs. Now in 2020, the needs of our service users, and of charities themselves, are continuing to evolve. This means the charity sector will need new job roles to suit these changing needs.
An increased reliance on digital technology is at the forefront of most changing needs in the charity sector. Charities are more digital than ever before and as technology continues to develop, so will the charity job market.
For smaller organisations, it can be a lot harder to hire people for more specified roles when capacity and budget are tighter. However, understanding what skills will be in demand in the near future is key for training current staff and thinking about the future.
Here’s our round-up of the top new jobs the charity sector will need:
Even before the COVID-19 lockdown, the popularity of digital fundraising methods and platforms was growing. The lockdown stopped all possibility of face-to-face fundraising and accelerated the need for digital alternatives.
Charities will need to think about this when hiring new fundraisers or training their current ones on digital methods.
We’ve all heard the cliché saying, ‘content is king’. But, in our increasingly digital world, the content organisations are putting out is becoming more and more vital.
Engaging and meaningful digital content is fast becoming the main way that donors and service users alike are interacting with charities. Our phones, laptops and tablets mean that we now consume digital content in a variety of forms and having someone who knows how to edit and create this content is becoming a necessity for charities.
Although not necessarily a digital role, there has been an increase recently in organisations hiring diversity and inclusion officers.
Diversity and inclusion in the workplace are so important and should always be valued. Having someone specifically assigned to this makes for a safer and more welcoming workplace for everyone, as well as a positive work culture which will ultimately increase your impact and success as an organisation.
A Database Administrator ensures that any online databases are maintained and utilised effectively and efficiently. They implement the most effective software available and make sure that database security and processes are optimised.
Having a functioning website for your charity has become the minimum standard for existing in a digital world. Often, your website is the first thing that potential supporters or service users see, so having a website that works smoothly and has a great user experience is a necessary asset for any charity.
A Full Stack Web Developer engineers both the front and back end of a website. Meaning, they develop the part that users will see and interact with, as well as developing the technology that makes this possible, the stuff people can’t see when they go on any website.
Full Stack Web Developers will be highly competent in all types of coding, as well as possess good knowledge of the current technology, digital design and online user experiences.
This job may sound super high tech and MI5, but actually, it’s becoming more and more needed for organisations everywhere.
As digital technology continues to develop, so do cybercriminals. Cybercriminals are always looking for new ways to manipulate. It’s more important than ever to have people working for you that understand these threats and know how to protect your organisation from them.
An information Security Analyst will help protect your charity against ever-evolving online risks, as well as ensuring your organisation has the needed software and processes in place to prevent any attacks. They’ll also be knowledgeable on the latest threats and protect any sensitive user and staff information.