A new Randstad study has revealed what Canada’s workforce could look like by 2025, with a tendency towards the atypical that is expected to continue in the years to come.
According to a report from Randstad Canada conducted among nearly 1,300 employees and 500 human resources professionals in the country, “non-traditional” workers (consultants, remote workers, freelancers) currently constitute between 20% and 30% of the workforce. But with the arrival of new generations and their new vision of work on the market, this percentage is expected to explode in the years to come.
The development of technologies and a new attitude towards work will oblige employers to seek new ways of meeting their needs for skills, basing them case by case and with temporary contracts. But beware, it’s not temporary work in the traditional sense of the term, but contracts in engineering, ultra-qualified IT, accounting, etc.
The benefits in numbers
Agility that is lacking loyalty? Not necessarily – close to 80% of employees who work freelance or on a temporary basis say they are just as loyal as if they were hired full time. Some figures prove the interest in this way of operating:
- 21% of employers think that such a model helps improve performance
- 36% think that they are better equipped to meet the changing needs and demands of customers
- 55% of professionals who have embarked on the agile model think they can control their career better in this way
- 30% showcase the choice of projects and work
- 85% of employers believe that by 2025 their business will have turned to the agile workforce.