It’s all about flexible working for the younger generations - Stuart Stone reports


Research has revealed that millennials are taking a far-from traditional approach to their careers through wildly non-linear career paths and multiple jobs.

A survey of 2,000 employed people in the UK by OnePoll on behalf of flexible working app Coople, has revealed that one in five employed young people have two or more jobs, more than any other age group, strengthening evidence of a growing “slash culture”.

Coople’s MD, Jacques de la Bouillerie, said: “Whilst career progression for the ‘slash culture’ millennials will not be traditional or linear, their skills will be varied and diverse, offering employees a unique combination of expertise.”

This is reflected in the survey’s findings, which show that one in three millennials plan on changing industry within the next two years with 45% looking to change within the next three.

Additionally, 37% of employed 18-24 year olds have already worked in two industries prior to their current role meaning the average 24-year-old is more likely to have worked across multiple industries than their parents.

De la Bouillerie added: “Older generations entered the working world with the expectation of a ‘job for life’, scaling up the career ladder within the same company. Conversely, millennial professional attitudes are starkly different, they do not seek ‘jobs for life’ but roles which allow them to not only work flexibly, but also obtain multiple roles within different industries.”

Underpinning this desire to work flexibly is the value the age group place on a positive work-life balance, which nearly half (48%) of those surveyed saw as the most important factor in professional happiness; the highest of any age group.

De la Bouillerie said: “Both the recruitment paradigm and workplace values need to adapt in order to meet the demands of the newest workforce. In return, companies will reap the rewards of these multi-skilled, multi-experienced individuals that are both contented and productive.”

“I predict companies will start waking up to the value of not only providing flexible working hours, but flexible careers that mean employees work for more than one industry simultaneously.”