Generations at Work 2017

The City & Guilds Group explored the views of 1000 British workers to understand their views around the perceptions of older and younger workers within the workplace.

An online survey was conducted by Censuswide from 10-12 January 2017 and draws on the responses from a sample of 505 workers aged 18-30 and 509 workers aged 51+ in the United Kingdom. The survey was conducted from a random sample of adults. Censuswide abides by and employs members of the Market Research Society which is based on the ESOMAR principles.

Generations at Work 2017 Research


Using the research, we challenged the political parties to address our core recommendations:

  • Three fifths of older workers (61%) think the Government’s policies are too focused on supporting young people into work
  • Seven in ten older workers (70%) think it is more challenging to enter the workforce now than 40 years ago
  • A fifth of older workers (21%) do not believe their employer values staff of all ages equally
  • More than a fifth (22%) of younger workers think there is nothing they can learn from older generations
  • 81% of older workers and 83% of millennials believe they have the skills needed for the jobs of the future
  • More than two fifths (41%) of older people think their organisation is more focused on helping younger workers progress than on helping older workers

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New research: Generations At Work