Industry 4.0

Open Talent is the fastest growing sector of work and is often referred to as
The Future of Work.

Flexibility that works

​We are increasingly defining work on an output basis which makes flexibility more attractive than employer-employee models. An 'output based' contract is an agreement between a customer and a supplier, which creates a relationship for the delivery of services or products. The driving force behind the contract is that it focuses on what the deliverables are in business terms rather than how they should be delivered. A hot topic since 2017 which includes talent platforms, gig economy planning and AI. Open talent not only defines a way of working but highlights the shift in human behaviour as we move into the fourth industrial revolution.
Approximately 126 billion USD was spent in the global open talent economy in 2018. The UK market has grown by 43% since 2006 and is worth 21bn GBP.

What will the world of work be like for our children?

​Podcasts worth checking out and more reading

Newstalk Future of Work

An eight-part series presented by Jess Kelly and Gavin McLoughlin, examining how employment and work-practices have changed and adapted in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Contingent Workforce Weekly

The evolution of today’s non-employee workforce (contractors, freelancers, etc.) and the greater impact of the “gig economy.” Join Christopher J. Dwyer, the podcast’s host, as he discusses the implications of the “Future of Work” on the world of business.

The Future of Staffing, is Now

Companies today face a global war for talent, and highly skilled talent demand flexibility around the way they work and live. This podcast brings together thought leaders, staffing experts, and top freelancers to talk about the evolving nature of work and how companies can navigate these changes and ensure success.

Open Assembly

Open Assembly hosts the conversations, community and learning that help culture and business transition to the future of work. Our access to insights from Harvard Business School and the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH) means we provide valuable content, community, to inspire people who want to learn new ways of working using open strategies.

University of Oxford

How Fortune 500 Firms Are Adopting Online Freelancing Platforms by Greetje F. Corporaal and Vili Lehdonvirta from the Oxford Internet Institute. The report was produced as part of the larger ERC-funded research project iLabour: The Construction of Labour Markets, Institutions and Movements on the Internet.

Ardent Partners

The changing world of work dictates that executives rethink their mindset regarding talent, as well as the underlying tactics to effectively drive total talent visibility, real-time alignment of projects/requirements to expansive networks of talent, and a baseline of total workforce management to prepare for the future of work.

Some awesome platforms

Pick My Brain

Start letting people know they can book and pay you for your experience
An online platform that helps you more effectively share your time, knowledge and experience in new and creative ways with others on your own terms. Pick My Brain gives you an easy opportunity to get more creative about sharing your knowledge with those who could use it.

MBO Partners

We deliver solutions for enterprise organizations and top independent professionals to work together
Through its proprietary platform, MBO has built a comprehensive workforce platform and ecosystem that fuels both sides of the independent economy. MBO strengthens relationships, minimises risk, and maximises value for its clients. Its unmatched experience and industry leadership enable it to operate on the forefront of the independent economy.


Deloitte’s crowdsourcing capability enables clients to source and utilise the right crowd and execute effectively
We help businesses explore the potential of crowdsourcing. We deliver solutions which incorporate content and data from the crowd and ensure what the crowd produces can be embedded into existing processes and systems.


Take control of your career
GigNow is a talent marketplace that matches contract workers with gigs at iconic organisations around the world. We make it simple to find the projects you love. We give you the flexibility and choice to control your career.

99 Designs

Take your business online today
Businesses everywhere are moving more quickly than ever before. Our creative platform allows your brand to evolve fast and tap into new digital strategies.


Hire the best freelancers for any job, online
Whatever your needs, there will be a freelancer to get it done: from web design, mobile app development, virtual assistants, product manufacturing, and graphic design (and a whole lot more)


Find the perfect freelance services for your business
Get work done faster, with confidence


The world’s largest micro consulting company
Leverage nearly 10 billion hours of on the ground professional experience, from over 200 countries, available on-demand.


Get more done with top‑quality freelancers
In-demand talent on demand. Upwork is how.Upwork expertly connects professionals and agencies to businesses seeking specialised talent.


Hire the Top 3% of Freelance Talent
Toptal is an exclusive network of the top freelance software developers, designers, finance experts, product managers, and project managers in the world. Top companies hire Toptal freelancers for their most important projects.

Shosin Works

Talent Ecosystem to Match Your Own
Intelligent ecosystem deployment smooths capacity and growth with curated talent clouds, enables precise allocation of work, elevates the availability and allocation of your own team.

Freelancing EU

Our mission is simply to help European freelancers with their business
Our team consists of experienced freelancers. We connect and promote European freelancers, publish useful news and resources and recommend great business books including, The Freelance Way by founder Robert Vlach.