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Why new skills will be the hottest commodity in the hybrid working economy

Why new skills will be the hottest commodity in the hybrid working economy

New skills are coming to the forefront as companies rethink their operations and how they deliver products and services. For a long time, skills shared equal footing with experience and cultural fit when assessing a candidate’s suitability for a specific role. However, a new breed of professional is emerging – someone who possesses the right combination of hard and soft skills. These professionals will stand tall in the recruitment market, with increasingly less emphasis on where they gained their experience.

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How hybrid working can rebalance workforce demographics

How hybrid working can rebalance workforce demographics

Sometimes unpredictable events provide the final push towards change that is long overdue. For example, for many years, it has been evident that access to employment opportunities will improve if flexible and hybrid working becomes a regular, widespread practice. During the pandemic, businesses and governments were able to experience the impact of hybrid working on re-balancing the workforce, and the verdict was overwhelmingly positive.

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The hybrid workplace – a female focus

The hybrid workplace – a female focus

There’s no question that remote and hybrid working has benefited our health, finances and leisure time, even though we face new challenges creating a boundary between work and family time as they start to occupy the same physical space. Any significant upheaval in the way we work will also eventually reveal specific challenges for different groups of workers, and we need to get ahead of them.

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Governments prepare for the future gig economy

Governments prepare for the future gig economy

If the gig economy was booming before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, demand has skyrocketed since early 2020. Also known as the ‘platform economy’, it proved to be a lifeline during lockdown imposed restrictions and for those in self-isolation. In 2021, the global gig economy is estimated to reach a worth of $347bn. This estimate represents a greater than 50% increase from a market value of $204bn in 2018. In their recent study, Bodmin predicted a continuous upward trajectory that will reach $455bn by 2023.

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