Many Young Professionals Don’t Stay Longer Than Two Years

March 6, 2024

The Danish labor market is built upon the flexicurity model, which, among other things, means that we change jobs more frequently than in many other countries.

However, age plays a significant role in determining job mobility. A recent study conducted by Norstat for Business Denmark sheds light on significant differences in job mobility between age groups. The survey reveals that a striking 21% of individuals aged 19-34 expect to work a maximum of two years in their current job before seeking new opportunities. In contrast, a mere 2% of employees aged 50-66 consider changing jobs after the same period.

This trend is also accompanied by a shift in attitude when it comes to short-term employment. Previously, shorter employments of 1-2 years were generally viewed quite negatively but now that is changing. Modern work culture values project-based work, making interim and contractor positions more common. This often results in shorter tenures at individual workplaces compared to previous norms.

As the Danish labor market continues to evolve, the younger generation’s embrace of frequent job changes reflects a dynamic shift in professional attitudes and expectations.