Four in five young tech staff confident about AI

78 per cent of European tech staff aged 20-30 are embracing the use of AI, reveals HR software vendor HiBob's Young Generation in Tech survey

Alongside increased involvement of AI in administrative and creative tasks, job satisfaction among tech staff has seen an upturn compared to last year, with the number of workers feeling unhappy in their role going down from 35 to 15 per cent.

63 per cent said they have no plans to leave their job in the foreseeable future, while 48 per cent of those surveyed said they’re “very satisfied” with their role — contrasting with a disillusioned sector rife with a so-called ‘Great Resignation‘, made evident twelve months prior.

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“The young generation is signaling a clear message: beyond competitive salaries and benefits, they’re in search of workplaces that resonate with purpose and empower them with the necessary resources to thrive,” said Ronni Zehavi, co-founder & CEO of HiBob.

“Companies that understand these needs will succeed in making young people feel more secure, and less likely to leave. ”

Defying predictions

Research into the possible impact of artificial intelligence on jobs, such as Goldman Sachs‘ prediction of 300 million roles becoming completely automated, had pointed to a potentially threatening landscape emerging for tech talent.

However, 70 per cent of respondents believe AI will boost productivity, efficiency and creativity, while only 11 per cent say they never plan to use AI tools.

Looking nationally, confidence levels are highest in the UK, where over 85 per cent of young tech workers are “somewhat” or “very confident” about the advances in AI and tech, while, the percentage of staff in Ireland and Spain is lower, at 75 per cent each.

Davor Hebel, managing partner at research partners Eight Roads Ventures, commented: “It’s heartening to see confidence recover amongst the tech’s youngest workers. Despite the ongoing economic uncertainty, today’s young professionals are proving just how resilient and adaptable they can be.

“Not surprisingly, they are the fastest generation to embrace AI, seeing it as a strong productivity lever, and not a threat. AI is one of the most significant innovations of our time, and it’s great to see younger people so engaged with it.”

The second annual Young Generation in Tech survey from HR software provider HiBob surveyed 2,000 tech workers aged 20 to 30, from across Europe.


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Aaron Hurst

Aaron Hurst is Information Age's senior reporter, providing news and features around the hottest trends across the tech industry.