Agile workers could represent 50% of workforce by 2019, says Randstad

It’s always interesting to look at the workplace of the future; and a new report released by Randstad Technologies argues that by 2019, agile workers could comprise as much as 50% of the workforce. 

First off, let’s outline what Randstad defines as agile; the report describes it as “the strategic ability to anticipate talent needs, adjust in real-time and utilise workers from a variety of employment arrangements.” The research findings, which polled 1,500 business executives and 3,160 workers, were a surprise to the company, which argued the traditional employment model is ‘evolving’. 

46% of companies polled said they were committed to building an agile workforce model, compared with just 18% in 2012. Of this, virtual or remote workers make up approximately one in five (22%) of today’s organisations, with Randstad expecting this number to go up to 33% by 2025. 

Alongside employers’ viewpoints, employees can contribute to the changing process as well. Almost half (46%) of respondents said they chose to become an agile worker, while a further 28% said it was the best option for them. 48% said becoming agile gave them better career choices, while 56% agreed it generated more income. 

Overall, the report defines three distinct eras. The past – pre-digital – was where devices had one function and technologies lived alongside each other but did not intertwine. Think clunky desktops, fax machines, and office phones. The present, the mid-digital era, sees devices being multi-functional and work increasingly conducted virtually, while the post-digital era, around 2025, is where the layers between virtual and physical will ‘disappear’. 

“It goes without saying that any disruptive shift will bring about new challenges for companies as they try to adapt and transform their workforce models,” the report concludes. “Building and leveraging this approach is, in many ways, a progression in continent workforce management. Companies who embraced the contingent workforce model years ago will likely be ahead of the game, though all must adapt as it evolves.” 

One of the most popular stories this publication has ever run was a Samsung report in 2015 which also assessed the ‘office’ of 2025. The study made a few bold predictions, advocating ‘creative villages’ instead of fully remote working, an increasingly prioritised role for gesture control technology, as well as the prospect of managers trooping off to the job centre as big data insights will render their roles virtually irrelevant. in hearing industry leaders discuss subjects like this and sharing their use-cases? Attend the co-located IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, AI & Big Data Expo and Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London and Amsterdam and explore the future of enterprise technology.

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17 Dec 2016, 8:21 a.m.

I'm all for an agile workforce, however, I wonder what toll this takes on the average employee!? If you a remote or virtual employee, the chances that you are being paid a lower salary and do not have the same perks attached to the job, are very probable. Remote workers, unless highly skilled and in a sort after professions, tend to have very short term contracts or their employment is always precarious.


19 Dec 2016, 11:20 a.m.

True. Agile is a process of continuous development and delivery which help in increasing productivity of the application development companies. Combining Agile with operations, security and testing make it DevOps, which is more likely to be adopted by the companies across the globe. DevOps ensures continuous deployments as well apart from development and delivery.