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The disruption caused by COVID-19 this year has prompted many business to put a halt to their projects and rethink their hiring plans and business models.

According to the World New Economy Council's survey, two in five respondents think administration-related positions will permanently disappear after the pandemic.

One in five think service-related jobs will vanish, followed by support-related (11%) jobs. Less than 10% consider that labour jobs, trainee positions, manager positions and professional jobs will suffer the same fate. 

Alternatively, as a result of new economy transformation which is further accelerated by the pandemic, more than a quarter of respondents said jobs related to new economy and IT development will be in high demand. 

One in five believe that jobs related to and peripheral to healthcare, e-commerce and social-media, work-at-remote-site or work-at-home (and associated risk management) will also thrive post-pandemic. 

Of all respondents, 70% said there has not been any job cut in their current companies, while 77% have indicated that new technology and operation models have been adopted during the period. 

About one in six reported that their companies employee number decreased by less than 10%, while 6% reported that their companies have increased employee number by less than 10%.

Surveying 388 people from mid-April to end-May 2020, the survey Pandemic: Job positions permanently disappear and new economy job positions needed aims to find out the workforce’s opinion about the old economy job positions which permanently disappear and the new economy job positions in need, as a result of the accelerated evolution to the new economy due to the impact of the pandemic. 

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