Employment: Why Now?

The Future Of Employment - Part 2 of 4

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


The most obvious catalyst for the latest shifts in employment patterns would have to be the recent economic downturn. Scaling back by employers has served to increase part-time work and job sharing. A lack of available employment has forced your average worker to be a little bit more creative in their approach to job security.

The Baby Boomers are moving towards the end of their working careers, but some of them are choosing to pare down their hours rather than completely stop work during retirement. As young people ‘milk-fed’ on the Internet are entering the workforce, Generation Y is setting their own rules on the way work is performed.

Almost 60 years ago women made up approximately 25% of those employed. By the turn of the century that figure had increased to about 45%, however this was mostly due to women with families working in part-time jobs. It may not be a new concept, but it is exactly these kind of social changes that are helping to cause shifts in the way we go about earning our daily crust.

Traditional manufacturing industries are starting to take a back seat to trades that allow for flexible job roles. And while these older professions may not be able to adapt, ‘future industries’ are leading the charge on the death of the cubicle.

To modern workplaces, all of this won’t come as a surprise. Innovative businesses that see the benefits of recent changes should be applauded. Service based careers especially are moving towards a new approach in the provision of those services, and the increased use of smart-phones and cloud technology is facilitating this.

So how will it affect you?


For more on The Future of Employment, check out our next instalment 'What Does It Mean For Employers'.