85% of students expect an annual pay rise when they start work

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More than four fifths (85%) of students expect an annual pay rise when they join a workforce, according to research by mobile app Debut.

The Expectations of Work report, which surveyed 12,000 students in May 2016, also showed that 80% of respondents believe it is now harder to get a job today than it was for their parents’ generation.

The research also showed:

  • 80% of respondents expect a healthcare or dental scheme benefit, while 60% expect to be offered a gym membership.
  • 68% believe they should be allowed to access and use social media while at work.
  • 26% of respondents think they will retire between the ages of 51 and 55, 12% expect to retire between 56 and 60, and 27% believe they will finish work between 61 and 65.
  • 34% expect to be earning between £27,000 and £30,000 for their first graduate job.

Charles Taylor, chief executive officer at Debut, said: “The expectations and priorities of tomorrow’s workforce have largely changed from previous generations. It is vital that we are aware of this and adapt accordingly. Even the traditional recruitment process isn’t resonating with students, the future of the British workforce, and isn’t delivering the results that today’s top employers need. Organisations must adapt to reach and retain the best talent.”