Global study reveals desires and aspirations of young workers

A global study has identified the pain points and aspirations of young workers aged between 18 to 29 in a post-pandemic world.

The Global Youth Survey, which spoke to around 2,000 young workers across 19 countries including Australia, identified that today’s youth seek employers that offer competitive salaries, career growth and job security.

At the same time, young people want flexible working hours. They feel confident about having the right skills for employment for the next five to 10 years.

The survey also reveals that young workers believe that corporations should take responsibility for their employees’ mental health, provide digital access, and achieve their sustainability commitments.

The study identified youth unemployment and climate change as the two critical global issues with youth unemployment ranking number one in Africa, Middle East, and Eastern Europe, while climate was the top one for Western Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

The Global Alliance for YOUth and the Global Shapers Community, powered by NielsenIQ, conducted the Global Youth Survey.

The International Labour Organisation predicts that there will be no return to pre-pandemic job levels until at least 2023. It projects that in 2022, the number of hours worked globally will decrease to the equivalent of 52 million full-time jobs versus in the fourth quarter of 2019.

“This generation has been more affected by the pandemic than any other,” said Laurent Freixe, Nestlé’s CEO for Latin America and the Global Alliance for YOUth Founder and Chair.

“Young people need help to enter and develop in the labour market. The Global Alliance for YOUth members, Nestlé included, are committed to work together to provide solutions to youth unemployment.”

Nestlé is working to address the challenge of youth unemployment through its Nestlé Needs YOUth initiative. Created in 2013, the program helps equip young people with the skills they need to thrive in tomorrow’s workplaces and find jobs. Nestlé Needs YOUth also focuses on supporting young entrepreneurs to kickstart and grow their business and to gain the right skills to help feed the world.

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