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By 2020, we will all be working from home on tablet computers with no fixed hours

That’s according to a survey from Accenture, which has identified these as emerging business trends.

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MORE THAN HALF of workers believe that the traditional 9-to-5 job will be a thing of the past in just five years time, a new survey has revealed.

Some even believe the majority of workers will work from home, not tied to a physical location and potentially not even using a computer.

A survey of 100 business executives on current and future workplace trends by Accenture also highlights that a high number of executives are unhappy with their job, with 58 per cent saying they were ‘dissatisfied’

A gender divide was revealed within this figure, with the main reason for the majority (33 per cent) of women surveyed was ‘no opportunity for growth within their position’.

However, for 39 per cent of men it was feeling underpaid.

Both genders had feelings of being ‘burnt out’.

“It’s probably not surprising that professionals are still feeling disenfranchised with their jobs given the strain the economy has put on the workplace over the last five years,” Ryan Shanks, Head of Talent and Organisation at Accenture said.

He added that workforces need to adapt now to “achieve a proper balance in a digital world”.

One-in-four think we will work in ‘virtual’ offices, while 37 per cent think we will have dumped our desktop PCs in favour of our phones or tablets.

Almost 29 per cent of executives think that location will not play a huge role in the recruitment of employees, with skill-sets, language ability, and computer literacy instead playing bigger roles.

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