Employment: What’s Changing?

The Future Of Employment - Part 1 of 4

This is the first post in our 4 part series on The Future of Employment.


The face of employment is changing, and here’s what you need to know about it. The tradition of 9-to-5 is becoming increasingly obsolete, and we are starting to see clear shifts in the way jobs are being performed. Basic structure is being thrown out the window as more and more employees are either working from home, job sharing or doing flexible hours.

While it is not a new concept, working from home is no longer just for employed mums. Job sharing is on the rise, and big cities full of commuters are seeing the benefits of flexi-time on reducing congestion. What’s more, these are just a taste of the many different non-traditional work options available today. Trends are showing that companies are embracing changes to the way business is being conducted.

According to the International Labour Office (ILO) Global Employment Trends 2011 Report, involuntary part-time employment continues to grow in many developed economies. The ILO Report shows that as employment rates remain below pre-economic crisis levels, continued labour market distress is causing a rapid growth of part-time employment.

There will always be jobs that will require people to be onsite at set times. However the increase of the global marketplace means that this won’t necessarily always be the default. There is a definite lean towards more professionals becoming freelancers for example, which is likely to continue to increase. But on the flip side there will always be a need for bin collectors – on site and on time.

It might not be for everyone, but the way employment is headed cannot be ignored.


For more on The Future of Employment, check out our next instalment 'Why Now?' on what’s causing these changes.