Last year, there were 22.98 million people working full-time, 387,000 more than the previous year. The working environment faced by us workers today is markedly different to what we could have expected to experience 60 years ago.
For instance, back in the 1950s, did you know that the average full-time working week was between 40-48 hours, you received 16 days annual holiday and a weekly wage of £7.50? In comparison, nowadays, employees receive a minimum of 28 days annual leave, work an average of 37 hours per week and take home an average of £500 every week. The differences don’t stop there. Back in 1952, just 4% of people worked part-time. Today, that statistic has ballooned to over 1 in 4 workers, equal to an astonishing 26% of the entire workforce.
As you would expect, over the past 60 years, the world of work has fundamentally changed. You could look at the above and say that the average working day has become ‘easier’ for some, where hours have been cut and the weekends have been extended but we are sure many would disagree!
It also appears that employment has become much more flexible compared to the 1950s, and to some extent it has. Employees now have the option to work from home, especially parents with young children. A study from 2014 found that there were 4.2 million UK home workers in the first three months of 2014, amounting to 13.9% of the workforce. Since 1998, the number of people working from home has risen by 11.1%, and with the advent of new technology making it ever easier to stay connected, will this phenomenon continue? Will offices even exist in 60 years’ time?
Technology has of course been a major driver for many of the changes that have taken place around employment over the years and it continues to play a central transforming role – a prime example being social media.
Although social media isn’t exactly new to us, it has become one of the leading sources in finding new employment opportunities. Now that social media has become embedded in the majority of peoples’ everyday life, it could be argued that it was inevitable that it was going to be the employment industry’s biggest influencer. Back in the 1960s, people would have searched for jobs using job boards and posters in shop windows, and although this is still available, people are now using online job boards and social networking sites – LinkedIn leading the way. Did you know that 94% of recruiters use LinkedIn to vet candidates, and 89% of all recruiters report having found their last job through a social network? With this to consider, we’re intrigued to know how social media will impact recruitment in the next 60 years. Has social media reached its peak?
Mobile has also been a big player in shaping today’s working world. Aside from rendering today’s workforce better connected than at any point in history, one could argue it has also resulted into a constant intrusion to workers personal lives. Mobile technology has also revolutionised recruitment methods. According to a Jobsite study, 43% of applicants have used a mobile device to search for a new job. New apps like HireVue and Jobscience enable recruiters to design interview questionnaires and send them to candidates via a mobile device, as well as giving access to applicant tracking capabilities. Even today, recruiters are still failing to invest in mobile recruiting, and with today’s world of work becoming ever more interconnected, it is probably time these companies step it up.
And what about the internet in general? It is easy to forget that life did exist before the world wide web! The digital world has made communication faster and the world a smaller place, so it’s no surprise that today’s employee experience a markedly different world of work. Fax machines, remember them? Those loud, bulky machines that would shuttle across poorly copied documents? Believe it or not, these were actually business critical machines. Thanks to the internet and the rise of email, faxes have become largely redundant. Recent statistics show that 61% of workers say that email is the “most important” factor for doing their job, closely followed by the internet and landline phones. Other studies have found that 46% feel that the rise of digital tools like email and the internet have improved productivity. And we haven’t even addressed a world without Goggle…!
With technology reshaping the employment landscape so fundamentally, will past employment traditions be brushed under the carpet? Will job boards still exist in 60 years’ time? What about face-to-face interviewing?
As employment opportunities and ways of searching for them are becoming ever more advanced, what will the worker experience be like in another 60 years? There is a current debate about what jobs will remain. With robots having the ability to fold people’s clothes, load dishwashers, who knows what could happen! You can find out more about jobs becoming automated by viewing this recent article by the Telegraph.
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