[infographic] Workforce 2025: a peek into the future world of work

The world of work is currently undergoing a major shift. Technology and the changing needs of workers are affecting how employers approach building a productive workforce. Today’s employers must be flexible and understand that the agile work model is the future.

Generations and their attitudes to work

Even a mere decade ago, the world of work looked very different. According to Forbes, the average worker currently stays in a job for 4.4 years, a number that has been steadily declining for decades. For Millennials and Generation Z workers, the number is even lower, with 90% of young workers reporting they plan to stay in their current job less than 2 years! In comparison, their baby boomer parents were much more likely to stay at one job for the majority of their career. A recent survey reported that more than half of Baby Boomers have stayed with an employer for more than 2 decades, including 18% who reported 30 years plus with one employer.

With over one-third of the workforce now made up with Millennials (making them the dominant working generation) Millennial attitudes to work are playing an important role in shaping the future of work. As we’ve discussed in our article on how to prepare for Millennial workers, Millennials highly value flexibility and technology. Developing agile workforce is a win-win solution that takes into account the needs of both workers (who increasingly value workplace flexibility) and employers who need highly-skilled workers to fill gaps in their workforce.

An agile workforce is coming

Employers are quickly realizing that developing a flexible workforce is the key to their future success. In fact, many employers have already made strides in building a flexible workforce, emphasizing the importance of contingent workers, contractors, consultants, virtual workers and freelancers. Unlike the temps of yesteryear, these highly skilled workers are able to plug skills gaps in competitive fields where worker shortages abound such as IT and technology, engineering, accounting and human resources.

30% of the total workforce is already made up of non-traditional workers. Unsurprisingly, that number is only expected to rise. Proportionally, IT has the highest number of non-traditional workers in any industry, with just under 20% of IT workers reporting they currently hold a non-traditional role.

The employers Randstad surveyed for Workforce 2025 reported that one-quarter of their workforce is already working remotely. 85% said they expect their commitment to an agile workforce to rise over the next 5 years. These forward-thinking employers recognize that an agile workforce will provide them, and their employees, with much-needed flexibility to stay competitive in an increasingly challenging hiring market.

Learn more about the benefits of a flexible workforce, as reported by employers who have adopted an agile workforce model.  Download the Workforce 2025 study now: 

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about the author

Kristen Smalley - Content Manager

As someone who firmly believes that variety is the spice of life, content marketing has been a natural career path for me. Every day brings a chance to think creatively and learn about exciting new topics. Whether it's tackling content on employment trends, how to handle tough interview questions, or keeping safe in the workplace, there's always interesting topics waiting to be explored in the world of work!

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