New research from Europe’s largest flexible jobs marketplace, Coople, reveals British millennials are a generation of career jugglers, seeking varied lifestyles and accelerated multi-skilled growth, undertaking multi-jobs.
The survey of 2,000 employed people in the UK, carried out by OnePoll and commissioned by Coople, reveals the growing “slash/slash culture” trend, where workers handle more than one – and often wildly different – job simultaneously. The survey shows:
19% of employed millennials have two or more jobs, more than any other generation.
Some of the main reasons cited by millennials for taking on multi-jobs include to learn new skills (47%) and for variety and experience (27%). By comparison, older generations put more onus on increased earnings when stating their purpose for working within multiple roles.
Additionally, the research reveals 1 in 3 young professionals plan on changing industry within the next two years. 13% intend to change industries within the next year.
The findings show the majority of employed 18-24 year olds (37%) have already worked in two other industries prior to their current sector, further underlining a propensity to switch jobs and develop skillsets within this age-group. The percentage of younger people working in multiple industries is much higher than any other age group. It also means that on paper, the average 24 year old has more experience across multiple industries than someone 20 years their senior.
Coople’s research reveals that 48% of millennials say a positive work-life balance is a primary factor for their professional happiness, the highest of any age group.
One of the factors often cited as contributing to a positive work-life balance is flexible working.