Gen Z values ​​personal development above salary and benefits

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Sonia Navarrete, content analyst – Capterra France

March 23, 2021





Young UK employees aged under 25 value learning and development opportunities more than pay and benefits when considering a job offer. That’s according to a new study* that analyzed the workplace skills, hiring and productivity of employees currently working from home.

According to the results, 28% of UK employees plan to change jobs after the pandemic is over. When asked which factors are most important when choosing a new job, the majority ranked salary and benefits as the highest, with the exception of younger employees. Respondents aged 18-25 ranked learning and development opportunities as the most important factor when considering a new job, followed by salary.

The main reason why young employees do not like their current job is also the lack of development and learning. Research has shown that 28% of young employees have enjoyed their jobs less since the start of the pandemic, with 37% saying it’s because work has become monotonous, boring or repetitive.

The study also showed that younger employees are much more likely to have learned new skills during the pandemic, 34% of whom have proactively sought out and enrolled in courses outside of those provided by the employer. The most popular new skill acquired by employees aged 18 to 25 was computer security. Interestingly, according to a recent study by GetApp, 22% of business owners said they would demand cybersecurity skills from new hires in 2021.

Sonia Navarrete, content analyst at Capterra UK, comments: The results also show that almost a third of UK employees are looking to change jobs after the pandemic. With that in mind, employers should see this as a way to invest in the development of this younger generation and provide them with new skills to ensure they stay engaged and stay on the job longer.

*Capterra study

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