SKILLS WILL AL­WAYS PAY OFF

The Courier-Mail - Career One - - News & Advice - ME­LANIE BURGESS

YOUNG work­ers are shap­ing up to be an em­ployer’s dream as new re­search finds they are more likely to up­date their skills and less likely to ask for a pay rise.

Hu­man re­sources firm Adecco’s 2020 Salary Guide finds just 22 per cent of un­der-30s asked for a pay rise last year com­pared to a 26 per cent work­force av­er­age.

More peo­ple in this age group also say they are happy with their salary (39 per cent) than the av­er­age across all age groups (36 per cent).

Mean­while, re­search from software com­pany MYOB finds many Gen­er­a­tion Y Aus­tralians (aged 25 to 39) plan to up­date their skills, with about two-thirds (68 per cent) say­ing this is likely in the next five to 10 years, well ahead of the na­tional av­er­age of 49 per cent.

How­ever, this trend may also be re­flec­tive of Gen Y’s propen­sity to change ca­reers, which is not typ­i­cally a pos­i­tive for their em­ploy­ers.

MYOB head of or­gan­i­sa­tional de­vel­op­ment Lau­ren Trethowan says one way em­ploy­ers can keep good peo­ple is to of­fer op­tions for em­ploy­ees to inspire ca­reer di­ver­sity.

“It’s ex­pected that par­tic­u­larly younger gen­er­a­tions will con­tin­u­ally up­grade their skills so they can take on dif­fer­ent ca­reer paths,” she says.

MYOB is ad­dress­ing this with pro­grams such as Flex Learn, which gives em­ploy­ees ac­cess to on­line cour­ses though LinkedIn Learning.

The Adecco re­search finds about one in five un­der-30s work­ers leave their em­ployer for a new role be­cause of a lack of de­vel­op­ment or train­ing. The most com­mon rea­son, how­ever, is for bet­ter ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties (40 per cent agree). Just 16 per cent cite salary.

Ca­reer de­vel­op­ment ex­pert Ineke McMa­hon says job hop­ping only adds value when done strate­gi­cally.

“As job hop­ping be­comes more com­mon, em­ploy­ees will need to di­ver­sify their skill base in or­der to set them­selves apart,” the Path to Pro­mo­tion course cre­ator says. “Just be­cause you are com­pe­tent in your role, and have the ex­pe­ri­ence, doesn’t mean that you are worth more than you were pre­vi­ously.

“Un­der­stand your skills and the price they com­mand on the mar­ket – look around at what po­si­tions with sim­i­lar skillsets are pay­ing.”

AS JOB HOP­PING BE­COMES MORE COM­MON, EM­PLOY­EES WILL NEED TO DI­VER­SIFY

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