…and two out of every three would not work for less than 20,000 euros

With economic growth increasingly consolidated in Spain, which is leaving the memory of the crisis in the background, optimism is spreading among young people. People in this group, the most seriously affected by the increase in unemployment which, like an enormous wave, had swept away hundreds of thousands of jobs since 2008, have regained confidence. This is the conclusion of the ‘Redgeneración 2017‘ report prepared by Adecco, according to which 80% of young people believe they will find a job in less than six months, 57.3% think that it will take them from three to six months, and almost 30% expect to find one “immediately”. However, there are also people who are less confident. 15.4% of those surveyed estimated that they would need at least a year to find a job.

This Adecco report also required them to imagine their employment situation in five years’ time. Almost all of them think that, by 2022, they will have jobs related to their training, while 3.5% believe that “what is really important is to have a job” even if it is not related to their studies.
On the other hand, 24.6% of the young people who participated in the survey considered that finding a job today depends “largely” on having contacts, although experience is also “a key aspect”, according to 22.8%. For 12.3%, finding a job depends on your academic merits.


This survey has coincided with another study, this time by Círculo de Formación, in which 4,618 young Spaniards from twelve different cities were asked about their wage expectations for their first job. The results show that 36% would work for 15,000 euros a year, 28% would require 20,000 euros, 20% would accept 25,000 euros, and 16% would reject an offer if the salary were less than 30,000 euros. In other words, 64% of respondents would not work for less than 20,000 euros per year

By cities, the least conformist people (71%) live in Madrid and Barcelona. On the other hand, Valencians are less demanding and up to 43% would accept a salary of 15,000 euros a year. They are closely followed by young people from Salamanca, Granada and Oviedo.
In addition to financial remuneration, the report by the Círculo de Formación asked about their willingness to leave Spain to work. In this sense, only 14% would not be willing to pack their suitcases and try their luck in another country. The more daring are the people from Seville, where 90% would travel abroad, together with the people from Compostela and Barcelona, 88%.

Finally, with regard to the shape and size of the company, the option preferred by 38% is a multinational. Of the rest, 29% would work in other types of company, 18% would become self-employed and 16% would prefer to sit exams to become civil servants.