The days of traditional office working could be numbered according to a new survey from NIJobs.com, Northern Ireland’s leading recruitment website.
NIJobs.com asked HR managers and recruiters from across Northern Ireland to predict the shape of the NI workplace in five year time.
Over three-quarters of HR Managers (85%) believe more of us will be working remotely or from home by 2022.
It’s a move many believe has already begun. With Skype and conference calls now commonplace in many offices across Northern Ireland the need for teams to sit by side is diminishing. While project management tools such as trello allow workers to share documents and files no matter where they are based.
Recruiters also told NIJobs.com that traditional 9 to 5 would become less common with 66% of respondents saying more of us will have flexible working hours in five years’ time. However, almost 1 in 5 (19%) say we could be working longer hours while 16% said they would remain the same. Nobody believed we’d be working shorter hours.
The future of work is one of the main topics of discussion at NI’s biggest annual events for HR professionals, the Legal Island’s 2017 Annual Review of Employment Law Conferences.
NIJobs.com is a sponsor of the conference which brings together HR experts and thought leaders to discuss future employment trends and best practice HR policies.
Sam McIlveen, General Manager of NIJobs.com says “We are delighted to be one of the sponsors of this major HR conference for Northern Ireland, we work closely with HR professionals from companies of all sizes across NI, helping them to source the very best talent for their companies to grow their businesses”
“How we will be working in the future is a topic that is relevant to us all. Over the last few years, the number of jobs NIJobs.com advertise that offer flexible working has risen. I also believe the next evolution could be a rise in the number of jobs advertised without a location because recruiters will be looking for employees to work remotely. Technology is making it happen but so too is the demand for workers for a better work-life balance and a desire to move away from the daily commute.”