Contracting is the way forward, according to futurologist
Speaking at the first-ever Freelance Lecture at Stationers’ Hall in London on National Freelancer’s Day this week, futurologist Dr James Bellini stated that the ‘age of the job’ is ending. According to Dr Bellini, contractors will enter the mainstream and the traditional office will become a thing of the past, as enabling technologies fundamentally change work patterns.
Contractor Calculator CEO Dave Chaplin, who was in the invited audience, commented, “Bellini pointed out that in the pre-industrial age the vast majority of the population were flexible workers. He showed that, as the contracting model gains greater acceptance and enabling technology becomes further embedded, freelancers and contractors will ‘work from where they prefer to live’, rather than ‘live where they need to work’, returning to the model of the pre-industrial age. Bellini uses a vocabulary to describe new ways of working. He says we’re entering the age of ‘Egonomics’, where no one has a real job, and ‘Giganomics’, where contractors create virtual teams for a sequence of ‘gigs’, and disband once the project is done.”