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Learning Insights #2: A risky business

Reports and Guides | 03.09.2019

We know that the world is evolving at a lightning-quick pace, and that this is having huge ramifications in the workplace, not least in the skills employees and businesses need to succeed. This is particularly the case when it comes to the way people want to work.

In order to stay relevant, organisations must develop more agile working practices and structures that enable high performing teams to come together quickly and disband painlessly. So too, flexible careers that enable people to work across multiple organisations and projects are increasingly popular, and provide incredible opportunities for people to keep learning, diversifying their skillset and industry knowledge to keep them engaged and employable.

Together, these trends mean that over half (53%) of employers globally anticipate that their use of contingent workers – whether that’s contractors, freelancers, or gig workers - will increase over the next 3-5 years. But employers report L&D activity is not catering to the contingent workforce, with 21% saying it is wholly ineffective and many not offering even basic training.

With employees increasingly considering contractual roles and the demand from employers for contractors going up, organisations need to be more flexible employers need to invest in adapting their tools and L&D provision to attract, retain and up-skill this new workforce for the future.

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