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Gen Zs and Millennials in Switzerland: Happy in their jobs — but the cost of living is their main concern

Gen Zs and Millennials in Switzerland: Happy in their jobs — but the cost of living is their main concern

Millennials: Only a third can easily pay their bills

Another indication that both generations are becoming increasingly worried about the cost of living is shown by their responses when asked about financial security (see Figure 2, question: “To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements concerning your financial situation?”). While in 2023, almost half the millennials (48%) still felt financially secure, in 2024, this figure fell drastically by almost 20 percentage points to under a third (29%) of all respondents. There was also a small decline for Generation Z, from 40 per cent in the previous year to 38 per cent in 2024.

Financial security also means being able to easily pay your bills. In this regard, the millennials, in particular, seem to be feeling the impact on their finances: This year, only 31 per cent of the millennials surveyed (2023: 55%) agreed with the statement that they could easily cover their living costs. Swiss millennials and Swiss Gen Zs also appear to be less optimistic about their future financial situation than the global average. Only 28 per cent of Gen Zs and millennials in Switzerland think their personal financial situation will improve, whereas globally, 48 per cent (Gen Zs) and 40 per cent (millennials) think it will.

Work in the future: Money is not the top priority

The survey shows that despite financial worries, for Swiss Gen Zs and millennials a high salary is not the strongest motivating factor for choosing a specific company. Gen Zs consider a good work-life balance (26%), opportunities for learning and development (19%) and the feeling that their work has real purpose (17%) to be the key motivators. A high salary only comes in tenth place (13%). For millennials, it is far more important for their work to have a real sense of purpose (34%). They also state opportunities for learning and development (27%), along with hybrid or remote working models (27%), as the second and third strongest motivating factors for working for a company. In Switzerland, 18 per cent of Gen Zs are very satisfied, and 37 per cent are quite satisfied with their salary and the benefits provided by their employers; the percentages are slightly higher for millennials (19% and 42%). Furthermore, 62 per cent of Gen Zs and 61 per cent of millennials are very satisfied or quite satisfied with opportunities for progression in their careers. For companies, these hardly euphoric but nonetheless very robust satisfaction values are a key indicator – the two generations (Gen Zs and millennials) now make up around half the country’s workforce. This means their job satisfaction levels are important.

“Despite the rising cost of living, for Swiss Gen Zs and Swiss millennials a high salary is not the most important factor when looking for a job. This is due to a high standard of living and to Switzerland’s culture of flat hierarchies and open communication in the workplace. Young people are looking for more than just financial security; they want professional and personal fulfilment and a good work-life balance. This thinking contrasts starkly with that of the same generations in other countries, where high salaries are significantly more important,” says Michael Grampp in summary.

About the study

The 13th edition of the “Deloitte Gen Z and Millennial Survey” was conducted from 24 November 2023 to 11 March 2024 in 44 participating countries in North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region. Just under 23,000 people from both the Gen Z and Millennial generations took part in the survey. In Switzerland, a total of 400 people from the two generations were involved. The results are representative. The survey was conducted via online interviews.