New world coming for the job market

The result of the last 20 years of endless reshuffles, reorganizations, and whole new paradigms of business structures have made one thing clear:

For coming generations, the traditional job will never exist. Even the idea of the 9-5 job is becoming obsolete, simply because it's not good time management, and it's expensive.

Productivity doesn't need a stop watch, or people poring over time sheets. All it needs is actual production and viable costs.

The new world is coming fast. The job monoculture no longer exists. You don't get vast crops of new accountants, herds of clerks, and fields of paper pushers.

Bureaucracy is dying, and so is its infrastructure. They're inefficient. You don't need them any more. A spreadsheet, a document or so, and an email address will do. That's got rid of a lot of dead end jobs, and careers based mainly on inertia.

Nor are you stuck with a career path which turns you into a clone of your parents. With the removal of the office motif, the workplace and the employment market are now a lot more advanced, and this is only the beginning. The new generations may never need to work under such restrictions, with so few options.

For job hunters, this may involve some good organization, and very good sources of information, but in practice, it works entirely in their favor. This is an extremely fluid workplace, and there are now multiple job opportunities, literally every second.

You don't have to commit a whole day to just one job. Nor are you confined to just one career, or just one skill set. In the past, a person with multiple skills across multiple fields was very unusual. People specialized in one field. Their career choices were severely limited by that specialization. Now, you can accumulate multiple degrees, multiple qualifications, and transfer common skills across different professions.

All the suffering caused by downsizing workforces and cost cutting in wages has had a very strange result. It's completely changed the entire concept of employment, both for employers and employees. What used to be a so-called good solid job now looks like a bad risk.

Cheapskate wages and neurotic downsizing, particularly in the US, have added a lot of incentive to looking for much better ways of earning a living The rise of the contract worker, originally seen as the end of the world by the traditional job market, has worked well.

The average contract worker has more choice than anybody in the employment market has ever had before. If you're prepared to do the work, you can make as much money as you can find in the contracts, and have some spare time for your own projects. You can even have a life.

As a job hunter, your hunting range is hugely expanded just by the access to skills and jobs. Anybody with a reasonable level of skills and training can find a job, or several, pretty quickly. You can find a mix of jobs, and study and work according to a reasonable time frame. Not being trapped in the 10 hour a day conceptual prison of one job and a double commute means you can be extremely productive and control how and when you do your work.

Employers have also learned that self starting, motivated and productive workers are much better business than people working for static wages in badly designed jobs. The contract workers deliver the same value work at much lower costs. Overheads are drastically reduced, which means employers can employ more people, and do more business.

The economics of this are irrefutable. The cost savings are enormous, and so is the demand for people. Particularly experienced people and talented people.

Retention of skills is now emerging as a very important consideration across global markets. The haphazard approach of the last few decades has left large gaps in the workforce in terms of people able to train and guide new generations.

Apparently it's finally dawned on the job market and business generally that experienced people with very strong skills and talents are an important asset. These people can now work as consultants, operating across multiple businesses, and earning much more money much faster. They are experts, they deliver results with their talents.

The new job market is based more on talent and experience than some sort of static concept of business and administration. Organizations are reshaping for a different business environment, adapting to the new ways of doing things. The workforce is adapting, too, and is becoming much more opportunistic.

Access to work is now fairer. Not because there was any conscious attempt by anyone to create a fairer job market, but because it's a much better method of operating in the new environment. That's mainly because skills are now valued properly, and are used efficiently. It's perhaps the first time in history that millions of people have had opportunities to work like this.

A hundred years from now, people will look back at the concept of work at this point in history, and it'll look like serfdom in the Middle Ages, or like the Industrial Revolution's hideous poverty. They'll wonder why people tolerated inhuman working conditions like the ones people today are finding such a release from the old ways.

With any luck, their way of life will be that much better, and it'll be for the same reason; how people live is defined by their working conditions. History does teach, it's a matter of learning the lessons.