AS THE world of work keeps shifting, you also have to keep shifting your skills to keep up.

And the way to do so is to become a smart worker.

Georgina Barrick, managing director of Cassel&Co, the specialist recruiting agency, said: “Within the next decade the traditional employer-employee relationship will be largely a thing of the past.

“By 2030, historical workplace structures will overwhelmingly have been replaced by the concept of workers as consultants and their own bosses who sell their services to client companies.”

Societies are moving away from employees depending on one company for all their salary and needs, to people navigating an employee market in the not-so-distant future.

“Smart is an acronym of the future worker. It means specialist, mobile, adaptable, resilient and talented. It’s the profile to surviving and thriving in the future world of work.”

The driving forces causing rapid changes of the work environment include ongoing and revolutionary technological innovation.

Technology disrupts historic industries and old economic systems but it creates new industries and jobs. Unfortunately, experts say about 50% of all jobs we see today – including blue collar manual labour and white collar intellectual labour – will be automated.

“Over the next five years, the World Economic Forum said that we’ll see the decline of jobs in offices, administration, manufacturing and production. As these jobs die off we’ll see a rising demand for roles in business and financial operations, information technology, mathematics, architecture and engineering.”

Barrick said the major trends that would impact the world of work over the next 15 years are flexibility and learning.


Globally, we are seeing the growing trend of short-term work.

According to the International Labour Organisation’s The Changing Nature of Jobs, 75% of the global workforce is currently employed on temporary or short-term contracts. People may work with and not for companies. Employees with similar skill sets will form work unions or guilds that employers hire from.

Lifelong learning

Already, the idea that you study and then use what you’ve learned to follow a career at one company throughout your life is obsolete.

“Lifelong learning, where workers constantly upgrade skills every five years is becoming the new normal.”