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60% would turn down a job that does not offer hybrid work


60% of people would turn down a job if it did not offer hybrid working, new data shows.

The latest Cpl Salary Guide reveals that 66% of those surveyed currently avail of hybrid working.

Almost 40% said that flexible and remote working provides a better work-life balance and increased job satisfaction.

“We see from this data that the hybrid working model is here to stay,” said Barry Winkless, Chief Strategy Officer at Cpl Group and Head of the Future of Work Institute.

“Hybrid working provides a major opportunity for talent and employers to come together in a blended working model.

“These models give employees more independence, while also providing employers with a wider talent pool from which to source candidates with niche skillsets,” he added.

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The data also reveals that over 60% of workers are considering asking for a pay rise over the next 12 months.

Speaking on Morning Ireland, Mr Winkless said this is partly due to cost of living pressures, and the fact that we are in a relatively full employment environment.

“I also think we are in an employee environment where very good employees in high demand roles have the ability to create their own destiny,” he said.

Mr Winkless said overall he expects to see pay rises of between 3-4% this year, with hikes of up to 10% in high demand sectors.

“Obviously technology, and certain areas in technology such as data and programming is going to be very big, and in the legal profession we are seeing big moves in that space also,” he added.

Meanwhile, today’s data shows that almost half of workers are considering changing jobs over the next year, while more than 70% are thinking about up-skilling.

When it comes to the roll out of Artificial Intelligence, just 12% of those surveyed think AI will have a negative impact on their jobs over the next 12 months.

46% believe the impact will be neutral, or have no impact on their roles, while 40% think AI will have a positive impact on their jobs in the short term.

But Mr Winkless said views change when you look at the longer-term picture.

“When you look at that three to five year horizon, that is when employees are getting a bit worried about AI,” he said.

On the issue of sustainability, the data shows that more than any other generation, Gen Z employees want to work for ‘meaningful’ companies that give back and make a difference.

Mr Winkless said ‘meaningful’ organisations need to be three things – more humane, more technological and more societal.

“Gen Z workers really won’t work with organisations that don’t have a deeper meaning in terms of what they do,” he said.

“For all the bad press that Gen Z get, they are actually driving this approach to work – that is more than just work,” he added.

Today’s report states that as this up-and-coming generation becomes a larger part of the talent pool, the expectation for companies to develop sustainable business practices will grow in importance.


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