LinkedIn survey: Italians look to new professional opportunities for 2023.
From a new survey commissioned by LinkedIn have emerged surprising signs of confidence from Italian workers, who appear to be resilient in the face of economic uncertainty. Although 2023 has opened in gloomy colors, with investments by companies in terms of new hires at risk or at a standstill and the cost of living rising, this does not seem to have affected the vision that workers have of their professional future. with the very young in particular who are looking for a positive change.
According to the LinkedIn survey, young workers are the most confident
From the Italian branch of the survey, it emerges that more than half of the interviewees (54%) are considering changing jobs in 2023, with significant differences between the various age groups. 69% in the 18-24 age group, against 46% in the 45-54 age range and only 27% in the over 55 age group. But this generation gap is even more evident if we consider the main reasons which, according to interviewed, constitute a stimulus to consider a change. Majority of millennials (25-34) and older respondents (35-54) put the need to earn more at the top of their list. Instead, only 31% of genZ cite pay as the primary reason for a change.
Equally relevant, for the youngest (18-24 years), is the search for a better balance between private and professional life (29%) and the fact of feeling more confident in one’s abilities (29%) and therefore in the possibility of finding a position elsewhere. Among millennials (25-34 years old) these two themes are shared in decidedly lower percentages. 23% of them cite work-life balance as a priority, and only 19% mention feeling more confident in their abilities.
These data are also reflected in the answers of the interviewees when they were asked the main reasons for not leaving their company. Only 20% of genZ (18-24 years) said they currently have a good work-life balance, with a gap of almost 20 percentage points compared to millennials (39%) and almost 10 points with the rest of the age groups considered (from 35 to over 55). It is also interesting how those interviewed in the group between 35-44 years are the most bored with their current role. The 25% of them cite this as a reason to consider a change, far ahead of all other age groups.
Italians believe in the opportunities offered by digital
The data released by LinkedIn at the end of 2022 as part of the survey conducted among 2,900 executives (C-suit) globally, they highlighted a slowdown in hiring on a global scale. In Italy alone, 34% of companies downsizing their hiring plans. Today, nearly half (49%) of workers surveyed said they feel more confident about applying for a promotion or new opportunity than they did at the start of 2022. Only a fifth (20%) feel less confident. Additionally, 47% said they felt more comfortable expressing disagreement with a superior.
On average, almost 7 in 10 respondents (65%) said that looking for work has become more difficult over the past 10 years. Among these, 56% of genZ (18-24 years) think so, while the percentage rises drastically for millennials (25-34 years), reaching 70%. Interestingly, among those who think that looking for work has become easier, almost half (48%) cite the possibilities offered by digital as the main reason. This is particularly the case for the age group between 35 and 44 years (54%).
In evaluating the job offers published by companies, the interviewees in Italy identify them as elements of great importance. The presence of clear information on salary and benefits (48%), the possibility of working 4 days out of 7 (16%) and that of working in hybrid or remote mode (16%). As far as salary information is concerned, we see that generational differences flatten out on this point. It’s a big deal for everyone, even more important to genZ (48%) than millennials (45%).