- A Randstad U.S. study shows that most workers (70%) and employers (68%) think contractors, freelancers, temporary workers and consultants will dominate the workplace by 2025. The HR service and staffing company’s Workplace 2025 report notes a shift away from the traditional 9 to 5 job.
- The study of 1,500 HR and c-suite company executives and 3,100 employees found that half the workforce will be what it calls “agile workers” as soon as 2019. Of the respondents in the study, 39% said they’ll likely consider making the shift to agile employment in the next two to three years.
- Randstad says that employers are trying to prepare for the shift to an agile workforce, also known as a gig economy, by accommodating both traditional workers and their agile counterparts to head off staff shortages, take advantage of global forces and drive innovation.
The Randstad study affirms what other studies and surveys have concluded: most workers will soon be agile. What appeared to be a trend fueled by independently thinking workers willing to go solo into the job market is an actual makeover of the workforce.
But among the agile workers are involuntary part-time workers who want full-time employment and, with it, higher wages. Agile employment, or the gig economy, won’t be suitable for many of them, especially low-skilled workers. Where the jobs will be for them is the big question.