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Virtual office trend picking up pace, report suggests | 8 August 2014

One fifth of workers in the UK would like to work in a ‘virtual’ office environment which allows them to log in and access data from any geographical location, according to the results of a new survey.

The study saw accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) question 10,500 workers, 500 of which specialise in human resources (HR). Just 14 per cent said they hope to continue working in a conventional office space in the future, fm-world.co.uk reports.

What’s more, one in four of those quizzed think that the idea of traditional employment will eventually cease to exist, with workers expecting to have their own individual brands in the future.

PwC’s HR consulting leader, Jon Andrews, was quoted by goingconcern.com as saying: “It’s clear from our research that traditional nine-to-five office working could soon become resigned to history for many workers.

“People feel strongly that they no longer want to work within the constraints of the typical office environment and advances in technology mean that workers no longer have to be shackled to their desks.”

Fortunately, employers are also preparing for the shift. The majority of HR professionals questioned predict that temporary staff and contractors will make up at least one fifth of the UK workforce by 2022.

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Qube Global Software. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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