Will employees heading back to the office need a COVID-19 vaccine? What a mandatory vaccine might mean for companies, how the modernising world will create new opportunities in new industries, a bright future for contract workers and how offices might change after COVID-19. Read this week’s trends from the world of work.

#1. Twenty occupations that will change the job market and the world by 2025


The future of work is changing, and fast. According to a report in Forbes, jobs in emerging fields like sustainability and genetics counseling will change the job market by 2025. As the world landscape rapidly changes in the next few years, so will the jobs (and industries) that help us grow. Among others, expect growth in nanotechnology, robotics, smart homes, urban planning, vertical farming – and more. Read more here.

Photo: Dan Meyers on Unsplash

#2. Should COVID vaccines be mandatory at work?


As the lockdown measures are lifted in some countries and more of the workforce slowly heads back into the office, one looming question remains: will a COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory when returning to work? And will such a rule be legally sound? According to a report in the Financial Times, many companies have opted to tread carefully before introducing any mandatory measures, especially because of legal implications. Another issue? Figuring out how to handle anyone who may not be eligible for the vaccine, like expectant mothers. Read more here.

Photo: CDC on Unsplash

#3. Fewer desks, more coffee: How the office could change after COVID-19


Employees heading back to the office once the pandemic is over will likely notice a few jarring differences, according to a report in Reuters. As a record-breaking amount of employees shifted to home office last year, companies shifted in response, embracing work-from-home as a cost-saving measure. But real estate experts say not to count out the physical office entirely. Employers may be shifting their spaces to make it a better place to have fun, communicate and network. That means more spots to lounge, fewer desks and more time to connect in person, among other possible changes. Read more here.

Photo: Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash

#4. Future looks bright for high paying contract worker jobs


The surge in remote work opportunities in the United States is leading to more and more contract work opportunities – and opening doors for more higher paying contract positions, too. According to data from the IRS, more than 40% of the workforce in the U.S. are self-employed, independent contractors, or freelancers. The freelance employees aren’t just in low-paying jobs, either – they range from C-Suites to entry level jobs. The number of contract employees has only gone up since the pandemic during hiring freezes, as more companies move towards blending full-time and freelance employees. Read more here.

Photo: Jason Strull on Unsplash

#5. Finland is offering foreign talent a chance to try out life in its capital for 90 days. Could this help the Nordic nation lure more professionals?


Finland is taking a radical new step to lure new talent to the Nordic country: a 90-day programme for professionals to test out living in Helsinki. More than 5,000 people applied for Finland’s pilot relocation programme last year, and if the test goes well for the 15 finalists, they will be eligible to apply for permanent residency. The programme, which garnered worldwide attention, could be key for luring foreign professionals and filling the country’s talent gap and growing tech sector. Read more here.

Photo: Tapio Haaia on Unsplash


News and Research