May 2018

Job search, recruitment phase, the perception of the professional future …

A Monster study conducted in four countries focuses on the expectations of the younger generation vis-à-vis the world of work.

What do young French, German, English, and Dutch expect from the world of work? In response, the Monster job board and the YouGov * institute surveyed 1,300 employees in four countries aged 18-36. For 60% of them, “being better paid” is the first thing that could improve the satisfaction of their work. More than other generations, millennials expect a “better work-life balance” (29%) and “flexible work schedules” (26%).

The confidence of young people in their professional integration varies from one country to another. The Germans (72%) and English (67%) are thus more confident than the French (64%) and the Dutch (58%) in their ability to (re) find a new job. The French envy the fate of their elders much more than their neighbors: 60% of young French people envy their parents’ entry into the world of work, whereas they are 33% among Germans and 27% among Dutch nationals.

8 in 10 have accepted concessions to their hiring

Millennials are more willing than their elders to work on their own … at least at the beginning of their careers. This perspective is more relevant to young French people (46%) than their German neighbors (31%) or English (30%). Nevertheless, over the long term, millennials are projected primarily in business. At the question “Where do you see yourself in ten years?”, 32% see themselves “evolve in the company for more responsibilities and a better salary”. They prefer to work in an international (17%) or national (12%) company than in a start-up (3%).

Young French people are the ones who accept the most compromise when they are hired. Among these compromises are the acceptance of a “lower salary than my expectations” (26%), “more limited opportunities for advancement than I had hoped for” (17%) and a job “far of my favorite place “(17%). In their job search, millennials appeal primarily to their colleagues, past or present, their spouses, recruitment consultants and their best friends.

Digital skills, an asset to find a better job

When asked about their digital uses, 43% of French young people want to reinforce their computer skills through training. Strengthening one’s digital skills (graphics, statistical software, etc.) seems important for four out of ten young people as they would help them find a better job. Two thirds (69%) surveyed, all ages and countries combined, are convinced that a recruiter can eliminate a candidate based on what he saw on social networks (photos, comments …). Only one in two respondents (52%) think they are paying attention to their e-reputation and what they are posting on the Internet.

Regarding expatriation, the Monster study puts into question a common misconception: the majority of millennials, all nationalities combined, do not wish to work in another country (38%), or plan to do so only if they can not find work in their country (24%). Nevertheless, 34% say they are interested in a job abroad, while 13% of 18-36-year-olds have already expatriated. Membership in the European Union has a “positive impact” on their professional lives according to 38% of young French people. A rate that climbs to 53% among young Britons, interviewed just one month before Brexit.

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