Fifty-eight percent of small businesses cite workers’ demand for flexibility as top driver for embracing agile teams
Small businesses predict over a third of employees will work remotely in the next 10 years
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Upwork, the largest global freelancing website, in honor of National Small Business Week, released new data that reveals the majority (58 percent) of small businesses are embracing agile workforces due to “greater interest among workers for flexible work arrangements.” The data is a specific cut of results from small business respondents to Upwork’s Future Workforce Report, which explores U.S. business hiring.
Top findings include:
- Small businesses are embracing flexible talent - Over half (53 percent) of small businesses today are utilizing flexible talent, including freelancers, agency and temp workers -- up 16 points from 2017. They anticipate work done by flexible talent will increase by 20 percent in the next 10 years.
- Small businesses plan to increase headcount - The majority (67 percent) of small businesses plan to increase their worker headcount in 2018, while only nine percent expect a decrease. Headcount is expected to increase by 15 percent in 2018.
- Skills have become more specialized - Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of small businesses agree that skills have become more specialized compared to three years ago.
- Hiring is a challenge - Twice as many small businesses say hiring was harder in 2017 than easier. Sixty-three percent of small businesses cite “access to skills” as their top hiring challenge.
Sustaining long term growth with an agile, remote workforce
Small businesses are embracing a remote workforce
The majority (60 percent) agree that remote work has become more commonplace compared to three years ago. Sixty-seven percent of small businesses have someone on their team who works a significant portion of their time remotely, up 13 points from last year.
Remote work is here to stay
Small businesses were three times more likely to agree than disagree that offices will serve as occasional anchor points rather than daily travel destinations. In the next 10 years, small businesses predict that 35 percent of their employees will work predominantly from remote locations.
Agile teams will become the new normal
A vast majority (86 percent) of small businesses have made progress in developing a more agile, flexible talent strategy. Six times (63 percent) as many small businesses agree dynamic team structures will become the norm than disagree.
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