Australian’s Generation Y not that silly after all

CONTRARY to the stereotype, Australia’s Generation Y are loyal and crave job security, according to a new survey.

Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people, surveyed 1,000 Australians aged 18 to 30 on their views and expectations of the world of work.

According to the results, Generation Y wants to feel valued and appreciated, and consider job security when assessing career success.


Almost three in four (73 per cent) of those surveyed said they expected to have six or fewer employers in their career, while 23 per cent thought they should stay with their employer for at least two years.

Also important was job satisfaction (56 per cent), work-life balance (49 per cent) and personal wealth (44 per cent).

Managing Director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand Nick Deligiannis said it appeared as though Australia’s Generation Y had been given a bad rap.

“This generation is more conventional than they have been portrayed, with security and loyalty high priorities, much as they are for the remainder of the workforce,” Mr Deligiannis said.

Read more in Hays’s report Gen Y and the world of work.