Employee Pulse: Young workers unhappy, job satisfaction highest for those aged 25-34 years

Job satisfaction in the UK is highest for workers aged 25 to 34 years old, while the UK’s youngest workers cite the highest levels of dissatisfaction and stress in their jobs, according to the latest workforce study released by experience management company Qualtrics.

The research, carried out with more than 1,000 workers in the UK, found that 65% of those aged 25 to 34 years are satisfied in their role, compared to only 54% of under 25s.

The youngest workers also experience the most stress as a result of their jobs, with 43% saying they feel stressed because of work most of the time, compared to 34% of those aged 25-34.

In fact, work-related stress reduces significantly with age, with 26% of those aged 35-44 citing stress most of the time, compared to 22% of those aged 45-54 and only 21% of workers who are 55 years or over.

Desire to go to work is also lowest among younger workers and rises with age. Almost half (47%) of those aged 55+ say they look forward to going to work most of the time, compared to just 28% for those under 25 years.

Commenting on the findings, Ian McVey, Enterprise Lead for Northern Europe at Qualtrics, said:

“While it would be easy to rely on stereotypes of millennials and generation Z workers, the reality is that younger workers are at a much earlier stage in their careers and employers need to consider a different approach to engage them and keep them motivated in their jobs.

“There is no one-size-fits-all approach to employee engagement and managers and HR teams need to ensure that that they understand the key drivers of the experience for workers at every stage of their career. For younger workers that’s more than just free lunches and yoga classes — it’s about nurturing young talent and providing them with a career path that will help them grow in their roles.”

To find out more about the Qualtrics Employee Pulse, visit https://www.qualtrics.com/uk/employee-experience/employee-engagement-research/