Upwork recently released their survey results on 2018 Workplace Trends, but let’s start with an interesting statistic from the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. They report that in the second half of 2017 – 19% of people over 65 years old were employed. Looking more granularly, the population 65 years old to 69 years old specifically, 32% of that age group was employed in the second half of 2017. Look for those percentages to increase in the coming years.
Now – 9 findings from Upwork’s most recent survey:
- Hiring Managers were three times more likely to say that hiring got harder in 2017 (rather than easier).
- 59% of Hiring Managers agree that skills have become more specialized compared to three years ago.
- 53% of companies are using more flexible workers (freelancers, temps) than compared to three years ago.
- 55% of Hiring Managers say that remote work is more common place than three years ago.
- 63% of companies have some employees who work a significant portion of their job remotely.
- 57% of companies lack remote work policies.
- Hiring Managers were 3x more likely to agree that offices will eventually serve as occasional anchor points rather than daily destinations (compared to the sentiment three years ago).
- 38% of Hiring Managers predict that their employees will work predominantly remotely in the next ten years.
- Hiring Managers now are 6 times more likely (compared to three years ago) to say that dynamic team structures will become the norm.