Firms expect to embrace agile working over the next decade

The next decade will bring an “immense shift” in the nature of employment, according to a Canadian study.

The Workforce 2025 report from staffing, recruitment and HR services provider Randstad Canada says that Canadian employers are already hiring a variety of non-traditional workers, ranging from contract and freelance workers to remote workers and consultants.

Together, these workers make up 20% to 30% of the Canadian workforce and the proportion is likely to grow over the next decade.

“Canadians, and especially millennials, are re-thinking their approach to employment, which is changing the way that employers look to fill their staffing needs,” commented Marc-Etienne Julien, CEO of Randstad Canada. “New technologies and new attitudes towards employment are having a profound effect on how the workforce will look in 2025. This shift in thinking and the willingness of young Canadians to eschew the traditional nine-to-five for non-traditional roles will dramatically change the makeup of the workforce over the next decade.”

Employers that have adopted workforce agility cited cost reduction as the number one reason. However, they also said that a flexible staffing model could improve operational performance, and provide better access to highly-skilled knowledge workers through a staffing/recruiting partner.

Among employees who have adopted the agile work model, two thirds said they did so for reasons of flexibility and control. Another benefit of non-traditional working was said to be having a choice of projects and work.

Overall, the study showed that employers see workforce agility as the way forward, with 85% agreeing that by 2025 their organisations will be committed to building an agile workforce.

“Workforce agility is no longer a nice-to-have; now, and increasingly going forward, it’s a must-have for businesses to survive and thrive, and for workers to remain employable,” the report states.

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