26 Jun 2023 at 06:03
Are young people in 2023 only concerned with their influencer career? Nothing is less true. They just really roll up their sleeves this summer. Employers do have to do their best to attract pupils and students.
Young people are very busy at work, says Bart van Krimpen, labor market specialist at Tempo Team. “70 percent of young people aged 15 to 20 do paid work in addition to school or training. That was only 60 percent ten years ago. In other countries, young people don’t work that much at all.”
Young people can often work extra hours at their side job during the holidays, but there are still tens of thousands of vacancies for holiday work before the summer. And the peak is yet to come.
“Many young people only look for a job at the end of the school year. But at the same time, it can be smart for employers to start recruiting in the spring,” says Van Krimpen. “Young people have a choice with so much available work.”
Many cleaning jobs available for holiday workers
Most of the vacancies at Tempo Team in the ‘holiday work’ department concern a cleaning job. This can be in holiday homes or a hotel, but also in offices, for example.
There is also a lot of demand for shelf stackers or cashiers in the supermarket, warehouse employees and deliverers of meals and packages. “Other available holiday work is packing school books, ideally something for the summer. Or supporting work in healthcare, for example helping with food preparation,” says Van Krimpen.
‘The hospitality industry is jumping for staff’
The hospitality industry and the event industry are also indispensable, as they notice at student employment agency ASA. According to general director Maximilian Krijgsman, employers are eager for staff there.
According to Krijgsman and Van Krimpen, the labor market is also very tight, especially when it comes to holiday work. And companies notice that extra, now that their own staff are going on vacation and they need replacement.
Rather logistics work than dishwasher
But what do young people want? The most popular is logistics work, so working in a warehouse or delivering meals, groceries and packages, Tempo Team has noticed in research among young people.
“It’s difficult to say why. Possibly because you have more freedom as an employee in logistics than, for example, in the hospitality industry. And money can also play a role. Our research shows that salary is becoming increasingly important when choosing a job .”
But job satisfaction is also valuable. “And in that respect, the hospitality industry could be more attractive again. That’s where you all go for a drink afterwards.” According to Van Krimpen, work in the catering industry is more popular than as a dishwasher.
Young people want freedom and flexibility in holiday work
Young people in 2023 look at work differently than before, they notice at ASA. “Generation Z has a strong need to be able to choose where, when and how they want to work,” says Krijgsman.
He sees ‘platformisation’ in the work for young people. Young people work for several employers and not on fixed days. And according to him, this is good for delivery work or cleaning. There, employers do not care whether five shifts in a week are filled by one employee or by several.
‘Tomorrow different work than today’
Krijgsman: “In previous years, one in five students worked for several employers, now more than half. We can make assignments from companies available on demand. If you still want to consider in the morning whether you want to work in the afternoon, then you can. And if you want to do something different tomorrow than today.”