Emmanuel Jusserand, Partner at Accenture Digital Strategy. “In recent years the consulting industry (and many others) has seen a switch from firms and dedicated teams of people to freelance workers and virtual teams. One study estimates that by 2020, 40% of the American workforce (a.k.a. 60 million people) will be freelance or contract workers. -And that means some big changes in what companies will be looking for in their consultants.
Another major change that’s impacting the consulting industry is the ease in which people can find valuable information on virtually any subject. Communities have sprung up on the internet that tailor to professional development in every field. Much of the insight that would have been provided by consultants in the past can now be accessed on your phone or computer with just a few button presses – and most importantly, at no cost.