Graduates – SMEs could be the perfect place for you

Millennials and SME's Infographic

According to research from Sodexo Engage, 47 per cent of millennials think SMEs are the ideal business size to work for.  This is more than double the 19 per cent who would rather work for a larger company.

Sodexo Engage surveyed the working preferences of all generations and compared these with their perceptions and expectations of different business sizes.

Millennials chose flexible working hours as their most desirable benefit, with 43 per cent expecting this to be a characteristic of working for an SME.

Career progression (56 per cent), high salary (51 per cent) and friendlier company culture (33 per cent) came up as the next three highest benefits valued by millennials

38 per cent of those surveyed expected career progression to big high on the agenda for SMEs, 21 per cent thought high salary would be a priority and a massive 79 per cent expected a friendlier working environment for SME’s rather than big businesses.

48 per cent of 16-24 year olds prefer SMEs (companies with 1-249 employees) as opposed to 12 per cent prefering big businesses with 250+ employees.

Similar statistics came from the 25-29 bracket with 44 per cent preferring SMEs to 24 per cent desiring to work for a  big business.

If you want to explore a career in SMEs further, why not take a look at Talentpool.  They look to match graduates, or young professionals with up to 5 years work experience, with start ups and SMEs.

Iain McMath, CEO, Sodexo Engage, comments:

“The future of our economy depends on SMEs and having a productive workforce. Millennials have captured the interest of academics and business leaders alike, but this is the first time we can definitively say that SMEs are their natural home and in fact, their preference. The results show that the demands of this generation match the expectations of what life in an SME is like. On the other hand, businesses face a reputational challenge to prove that those seeking a friendly company culture and ability to lead a more flexible lifestyle can do so in corporate giants.”


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