Pandemic shapes Gen Z employer choices

The impact of the pandemic on the aspirations of Gen Z talent has been revealed in the latest employer rankings for Ireland.

The Most Attractive Employers Index Ireland 2021, which was conducted among 10,043 students across business, IT, engineering, natural sciences, humanities, law and health in Ireland, found that students across all sectors are increasingly ranking pharma and healthcare companies as the most desired places to work.

The research by e-recruitment platform, in partnership with employer brand specialist Universum found that Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson showed particularly strong growth, moving up the rankings across most industries over the past year.

“The growth in popularity of those within the healthcare space over the past year is a very tangible reflection of how the pandemic has shaped the attitudes and aspirations of young talent in Ireland. Clearly, the unprecedented contributions made by the health and pharma community in both the public and private sector has resonated with young people”, said Steve Ward, UK and Ireland Business Director for Universum.

“Understanding the priorities of the newest cohort of talent entering the labour market will be crucial in attracting and retaining talent in the year ahead, and the Most Attractive Employers Index is one of the first pieces of data that captures the ongoing changes in student preferences.”