In this future full of uncertainty that the coronavirus has created, there is something that is becoming clearer: remote work works. And, as a Survey by Colliers International indicates, the pandemic could be a catalyst for this new model to become the new norm.
Before Covid, more than half of all workers were interested in remote work possibilities, though 60% of companies did not have flexible policies to permit it. Now, times have changed dramatically.
Remote work is here to stay
When the state of alarm was decreed in many countries, a lot of companies – some more easily than others – had no choice but to implement remote work. This has led to sweeping changes in the employment market in general.
The ‘gig’ economy, a continuing trend
In addition to being able to implement remotework, the influence of new technologies will be decisive in the post-Covid-19 era.
One of the impacts of this increasing digitization will be the emergence and diversification of new work configurations that go beyond fixed full-time jobs.
In addition, according to a major Randstad report, a trend that will proliferate will be the ‘gig’ economy, based on small tasks that can be carried out through digital platforms.
“Automation is going to see its prominence grow because of the importance of avoiding crowds, which, far from threatening employment, is going to create new opportunities,” according to Valentín Bote, director of Randstad Research. “For professionals interested in leveraging them, it is advisable to follow the evolution of the labour market closely and bet on continuous training.”
New disruptive profiles
Another trend is the emergence of new jobs that have “disruptive” leanings: on the one hand, there are jobs that involve producing, installing, maintaining, and deploying new technologies, such as those related to the integration of robots into production processes.
On the other hand, there are a number of emerging jobs in sectors where tasks are practically automated, but still need the intervention of a professional. One major example is that of content tagging, being driven by many of the large social media companies. Content screening is another.
In these post-Covid times, there are sure to be more and more opportunities as the panorama shifts and new types of jobs become available.