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Millennials want new tech but employers aren’t buying

Millennials say employers should invest in tech even if it has high costs, but employers disagree

Nearly half (42%) of Millennials believe employers should invest in new systems and technology, despite the chance of high costs. 

The enthusiasm for new technologies was not shared by employers, with only 9% saying they would invest in the latest technology if costs were high.

Research from recruiter Robert Walters investigated the working habits and attitudes of those born between 1980 and 1999 from a range of sectors and regions.

Millennial professionals surveyed said finding an employer which embraced technology was a priority, with over half (53%) saying they would like to find an employer that uses the same technology as themselves.

Furthermore, 42% said employers should always seek to implement the latest technologies despite the associated costs.

“Millennial workers feel more at home in a digital workplace than any generation that has come before them. They are used to adapting to new technology and expect their employer to do the same,” said Colin Loth, managing director at Robert Walters.

“When weighing up the cost and benefits of any new systems for their business, employers should remember the potential such an investment has to attract millennial professionals,” he added.

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A survey by Robert Walters in February 2015 found the majority (65%) of IT professionals anticipate a pay rise this year.

Of those questioned, 40% are expecting a pay rise of between 1% and 3% of their salary, and one in 10 predict an increase over 10%.

More than three-quarters (76%) of IT professionals based in London said they anticipate a bonus in 2015 – the most of any region nationwide. The respondents in the Midlands are in line with the national average, with 65% expecting a bonus. Some 55% of those based in the north said they are also hoping for a bonus.

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