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Generation Z workers expect quick promotions, according to research

Generation Z workers expect quick promotions, according to research

Generation Z workers have high expectations when it comes to career progression.

The study, which surveyed 1,000 18 to 23-year-olds, revealed men are feeling particularly positive about progressing in their career. 18 per cent expect a promotion within less than twelve weeks of commencing employment, compared to 5 per cent of women.


More than a third of those surveyed expect to be promoted within half a year of commencing their first job, according to research from conference call company Powwownow.

The survey also showed men are more likely to quickly change their first job, with 28 per cent saying that they would leave their job after spending 12 months or less in the role. This is compared to just 13 per cent of women.

Nearly a quarter of respondents were found to be loyal to their employer, with these respondents intending to stay in a job for five years or more.

The study also revealed the most important factors to young professionals in regard to promotions, with salary topping the list at 70 per cent, followed by recognition (54 per cent) and greater self-confidence (45 per cent).


Powwownow Managing Director Jason Downes stated that businesses in the UK need to recognise that Generation Z (the emerging generation born in the mid-1990s) is highly ambitious. Young professionals have increasing expectations of their employers to acknowledge their skills and determination.

These new Gen Z professionals are searching for employment that will meet their personal requirements and long-term career aspirations, and, if this is recognised, will prove loyal employees. Additionally, Downes advised that “In order to hold onto industry leading talent, employers need to evaluate how they support, recognise, and promote young professionals within their business.”

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