’20 percent. 65 percent. Maybe 70 percent. Not sure, maybe 30% but could be higher.’ These were some of the answers to a question posed to HR leaders of some of our biggest employers recently. The question – ‘in 5 years time, what percentage of your workforce will be contingent.’
The employment landscape is undergoing significant change as businesses face headcount pressures and skills gaps, while digital engagement platforms connect them with globally mobile workers on shorter term contracts – this could be people working remotely, or companies using different resource options on overseas projects.Historically used in the oil & gas sector, gig workers are now found in technology, media and telecoms sectors, engineering and construction and many others.