A changed outlook on life in combination with new technology have influenced our approach to work. In five years, 45 per cent of the workforce is expected to be working in a freelance environment. At the same time, the demand for human know-how is increasing in combination with the introduction of advanced systems from companies and organisations that must be developed in order to be able to compete in this new, digitised society. This trend is continuing to promote Ework as a facilitator and link between the demand and supply of competence, and also serves as a driving force in the revamping of both the consultancy market and the view of the future labour market. In 2018, we passed the historic 10 billion SEK sales mark, and even topped 11 billion SEK. At the same time, our digital investments continue as we consolidate our market-leading position.
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established ourselves in new markets. These include Poland, where we now have three offices and a business enjoying exponential growth. We also opened new offices in Stavanger, Sundsvall and Århus during the year. These initiatives partly reflect our conviction to be there for our existing clients when they need us, and partly our ambition to take advantage of the potential in areas where there are organisations and businesses with pressing needs for competence. In Stavanger, this primarily concerns the oil and gas industry, and in Sundsvall and the area along the Norrland coast, it is the public sector and major industrial companies that are in focus.
The past year was also characterised by continued investments in new systems. We regard these as essential, not only to attract new clients and capture new market shares, but also to retain our existing clients and consolidate our market-leading position. The investment can be broken down into three areas. The first is about the continued development of our consultant matching system, which is designed to make us even better at quickly identifying the best consultant for a particular assignment with enhanced search capacity, speed and functionality.
EWORK GROUP - Annual Report 2018