Different ways of working

The ways in which we work are changing too. There are lots of different ways in which you might work in the future, beyond what we often call the '9 to 5' job.  Here are some of the different ways in which we might work today and in the future:-

  • Flexi-time working - not working to set hours every day such as 9 - 5.
  • Temporary or fixed-term contracts - employers take more people on in agriculture, retail, hospitality or manufacturing, at busier times.
  • Gig economy - instead of a regular wage you get paid for the "gigs" you do, such as a food delivery or a car journey (for companies such as Deliveroo and Uber).  You can fit the work around other commitments and priorities but there is no guarantee of work when you need or want it.
  • Zero or low hours contracts - sometimes employers need flexibility from employees.  A zero hours contract might mean you don't know how many hours you will work from week to week.
  • Freelance and consultancy work - specialists are brought in to a business only when they're needed.
  • Shift work - people who work in factories, hospitals or hotels often work shifts as they're needed through the night or early in the morning.
  • Part-time work - some people choose to only work part of a week, for example if they're also studying, but some jobs aren't available as full-time posts.
  • Mobile working - new technologies mean you don't have to go to your workplace to do your work - you can work from practically anywhere these days!
  • Portfolio career - some people have more than one interest or set of skills. Rather than having one full-time job, they do several different part-time jobs at the same time which might include freelancing.
  • Running your own business - nearly two thirds of young people like the idea of running their own business. You can work for yourself in lots of careers, for example, construction, hair and beauty, finance, hotels and catering. Or you might just have a brilliant idea you want to sell!