SOME parts of the local economy are coming back and hiring again after the turmoil of 2020, a recruitment agency has found.

Poole-based TeamJobs says businesses are adapting and diversifying, as well as changing the way they work.

Sally Bennett, executive manager at the company, said she had seen a significant increase in jobs in the tech industry.

She said: “The boom in digitisation happened during the pandemic and it is going to be here after the pandemic.

“We are seeing the development of digital business opportunities, particularly within the software as a service (SaaS) industry. For instance, you probably know someone who now has a Peloton.”

Figures last month from the government-backed body Tech Nation showed tech job vacancies dropped last year but have since grown 50 per cent. The digital sector now accounts for 10 per cent of all UK job openings.

Rob Bruce, technical manager at TeamJobs, said: “During 2020 we were all place into a very unsettling place and a sense of distress was prevalent. What we are seeing and what will continue are people selecting the jobs that feel right for them.

“On the client side, companies are recruiting for the right reasons and putting thought into the people that they want to join them.

“It’s gradual, but a turnaround is happening.

“This is a stark contrast to the panic that many companies faced and looking to change their whole way of operating, overnight.

“Businesses have adapted and are recognising new ways to carry them forward in 2021,” he added.

Hannah Sills, head of permanent and specialist recruitment, said: “Whilst we are all currently in a similar place in terms of lockdown, what is different now is the mindset.

“Businesses have modified how they behave, diversified into new product areas and embraced flexibility and adaptability in how they work. What this provides are new roles to identify and fill and new decisions to make. It all comes down to having a sense of calm and then finding the people who are the right fit.”