THE year is 2025, and the world of work has been transformed by technology. A large proportion of traditional work has been automated and moved abroad, while employment has expanded in knowledge-based areas such as research, data management, consultancy and IT services.
By utilising technology effectively, companies are able to break down their workloads into distinct blocks of work, which are then outsourced to individuals with the relevant skills and experience. Online exchanges are popular, where employers specify what they need, and workers all over the world compete with each other to provide it.
With such an exchange in operation, people’s routines now often involve logging on in the morning, to find out who they’ll be working for!
With only the most essential staff employed long-term, costs are reduced and flexibility is increased dramatically. The trend for remote working couldn’t properly take off until online communication became sufficiently pervasive and naturalistic, but with these factors now in place, and with physical travel becoming more of a burden, remote working has played a significant role in the expansion of the knowledge-based sector.
Even healthcare is moving out of hospitals, as more patients are monitored in their own homes, using quite simple equipment and ultra-broadband technology.
Education is going the same way. The cost savings allow greater investment in intellectual prop-erty, which is where almost all competitive advantage is gained in 2025.
A large proportion of workers now have the choice between working from home or from purpose-built local hubs. These hubs offer workspace and facilities, so that anyone can enjoy a relaxed local working atmosphere, with social interaction between individuals from a range of different employers and sectors.
Commuting to your employer’s workplace is becoming a thing of the past, accelerated by increasing environmental concern and a reduction in car usage – an inevitable result of the rocketing price of fuel.
You might be wondering what’s happened to many of the more traditional trades by 2025. Many manual jobs, as well as many in retail, have been mechanised, but everyone still needs food, water, somewhere to live, electricity, a haircut and their computers fixing.
It seems that the tools might be changing over the years but jobs, careers and employment opportun- ities are here to stay and always in demand. Future Matters is a funded project with the express aim of building the strategic capacity of organisations in the North East.
Future Matters helps businesses to understand the complex range of trends which are likely to drive future change in consumer markets and how they will have to refine their operations to create value for their customers.
To find out more about Future Matters and how we could help your business to achieve its long-term potential, visit the website at firstname.lastname@example.org
:: Nick Harrison is an assistant at Future Matters