Traditional nine to five could be a thing of the past as contractor numbers continue to rise
According to new research, the traditional nine to five office environment could soon become a thing of the past, as more UK workers are expected to become contractors.
Findings from a new report carried out by PowerwaterhouseCoopers (PwC), ‘The future of work: A journey to 2022’, have revealed that just 14% of British workers want to work in a traditional office environment in the future.
The report, which surveyed 10,000 workers and 500 HR professionals globally, found that respondents believe that the conventional way of working won’t be around in the future, with many thinking that they will be working for themselves, wherever they choose.
The report reveals that many HR professionals are already preparing for this shift towards more portfolio careers, as they predict that at least 20% of their workforce will be made up of contractors or temporary workers by 2022. Nearly a third of HR professionals are building their talent strategies around the rise of the portfolio career, hiring a diverse mix of people on an affordable, ad hoc basis.
Jon Andrews, UK HR Consulting leader at PwC, said, “It’s clear from our research that traditional nine to five office working could soon become resigned to history for many workers. People feel strongly that they no longer want to work within the constraints of the typical office environment and advances in technology mean that workers no longer have to be shackled to their desks.
“We predict that many organisations will embrace these changes in employee working preferences and use them to their own advantage. The growth of this vibrant, innovative and entrepreneurial middle market could soon start to challenge big businesses as they can compete on specialism and price due to their slimmed down business model.
He added, “Workers will be more likely to see themselves as a member of a particular skill or professional network, rather than as an employee of a particular company. People will be categorised and rewarded for having specialist expertise. Project-related bonuses could become more common as people have a personal stake in the organisation’s or project’s success. We expect many contractors and partners will adopt ‘e-bay’ style ratings of past performance to help land the next contract.”
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