Is Flexible Working the Future?
According to the UK Government’s report on the future of work in the UK, jobs will become much more fluid over the coming decades. As employers look for ways to become more agile and adaptive, whilst competing to attract valuable tech skills, we’ll see a wave of new employment incentives to appeal to a more fluid workforce.
What is a fluid workforce?
A fluid or liquid workforce is one that is more flexible and adaptive to changes. The traditional full-time desk-job doesn’t apply here. With over 1.3 billion virtual workers globally, expect to see remote working, freelancing and contract work become common practice.
You can blame new technology on the change in employment trends. As global, round-the-clock digital, connectivity and automation tech grows, the workforce has had to adapt to the always-on culture of working. Many say this is a bad thing but, whatever your feeling on the matter, the 9-5 set-up is on borrowed time.
Impacting the Tech Contract Market
This is already impacting the contract market – especially within the fields of technology – and it’s no surprise. It is generating more opportunities and giving a boost to the jobs market. People with skills in programming, data science, analysis, security project management and infrastructure are hot news right now.
Initially, this will create a headache for employee management functions but ultimately, it will create many opportunities for employers to compete and attract talent on different terms.
The new way of working will suit fast-growth start-ups and entrepreneurial organisations, in particular, who can readily embrace a more agile, flexible working culture. Before the heavier, larger organisations catch up, it will allow smaller, less established businesses to compete on the war for talent, offering flexible working opportunities that will suit the new breed of tech contractor.