Whether it’s through technology or changes in law, regulation and attitudes, workplaces evolve over time. The way we work has changed considerably over time and as innovation continues so to will the need to be aware of the biggest workforce trends. Randstad highlights some of the biggest ones as we move towards 2020.

Mental health.

One in four people will be diagnosed with a mental health issue in any given year. Understanding Society, a national survey undertaken by Money and Mental Health, shows that 45% report at least one sign of poor mental health that could affect their ability to function normally at work and in daily life.

Over the year the UK began to take much more notice on mental health and wellbeing. This will become a top priority across the UK. Companies of all sizes will make a shift from just offering free fruit to a culture that offers a more supportive working environment and allows all employees to thrive. As candidates begin to take more notice of organisations who have a social conscience, it will become pivotal i attracting and retaining talent for employers in 2018. 

The gig economy.

Over the past few years working from home and flexible working have started to become the norm. What once was a real benefit for a company to stand out is now almost expected by candidates. In 2018 saw this trend develop to a more fluid workforce. A Randstad Sourceright report finds that 61% of employers plan to replace up to 30% of their permanent positions with freelancers, gig workers and independent contractors in the next year, in an effort to become more agile and flexible in the changing economy.

Upskilling and retraining talent.

In 2017 the government announced the Apprenticeship Levy. As many employers have spent the year coming to grips with the levy and what it means for their business, 2018 saw more strategies in place for apprenticeships and training programmes. As the world has become more globalised, talent has come from all areas of the globe, but with the uncertainty surrounding Britain over the last 18 months and the fast changing digital environment, it is now more important than ever to focus on upskilling and training the current workforce.