DEBATE: Do businesses underestimate the value of hiring millennials?
YES – Jack Parsons, chief executive of Yourfeed.
The Vauxhall Tea House Theatre’s appalling job advert this week (which patronisingly questioned whether millennials are “taught anything about existing in the real world”) is a prime example of businesses grouping young people together under one negative umbrella. This business clearly does not respect or understand the millennial mindset. As a generation, millennials hold a wealth of skills, values, ambition and passion. These qualities can deliver enormous benefits to businesses, but are often missed when recruitment is based solely on what’s on a CV. For example, with university fees sky high, many young people are no longer going down the degree route. This needs to be reflected in businesses’ hiring. Instead of asking for qualifications and degrees, questions should be asked around skills and capabilities. Indeed, 75 per cent of the global workforce will be made up of millennials by 2025. Businesses can’t afford to underestimate this ambitious generation. Millennials are the future. Any business which does not recognise this will find its future growth significantly stunted.
NO – James Delingpole, columnist at The Spectator and Breitbart News.
“We are tired of hearing that we cannot have the same benefits that Boomers enjoyed,” wrote a Corbyn-voting millennial to the Spectator recently, listing among his petulant demands “an economy generating meaningful and secure work... the guarantee of a state pension, free university tuition, and so on”. Dream on, kiddo. This is precisely the kind of weaponised, cry-bully entitlement which makes so many millennials so unemployable. Cosseted at school and “uni” in a safe space bubble where they are nurtured in the delusion that “meaningful” jobs grow in the same orchard as the government’s magic money tree, they are precious snowflakes hopelessly vulnerable to the blow torch of reality. Not all of them. I’ve met some whose brightness and work ethic puts my own generation’s to shame. But these are the very few who will inherit the earth, while the vast majority of their whiny contemporaries are replaced in the jobs market by robots – not one of which, happily, believes that the only problem with socialism is that it hasn’t been tried properly yet.