Many organisations are continuing to experience fundamental changes due to the geographical fragmentation of the workforce.
Of all the changes to the world of work driven by Covid, working from home is probably the most significant, whether that be fully remote working or agile/hybrid working where time is split between home and the office. Remote/home/hybrid working is now mainstream (in job roles where that is possible).
While globalisation in manufacturing is still in reverse, post-pandemic the globalisation of knowledge jobs is emerging, driven by skills shortages, technological advancements and evolving social trends. Within countries, memories of Covid restrictions are still a catalyst for movement from big cities and smaller towns to rural locations. The skills shortage continues to put pressure on employers, with many expanding their recruitment horizons geographically, both nationally and internationally, over the last 12 months – often through fully remote or hybrid working arrangements.
Energy price rises and even the possibility of energy are also affecting, and will continue to affect, decisions about where work is sited. Countries less reliant on gas supplies may become more attractive locations (for example, France obtains approximately 70% of its energy from nuclear; Norway with two thirds from hydro energy; and Iceland with hydro energy and geothermal energy accounting for nearly 100% of its energy).