A new Deloitte Global survey concludes that many millennials are uneasy about the future and seek to combine the stability of a permanent job with the flexibility of freelancing.

Conventional wisdom says millennials pose a flight risk to their employers, but that may be changing. Uncertainty over economic, political, and social conditions and anxiety about the future could make it easier for CIOs to recruit and retain millennial technology professionals, according to the 2017 Deloitte Millennial Survey.

Based on the views of nearly 8,000 global participants born after 1982, the annual survey finds that many millennials—especially those in developed economies—have numerous concerns and are unsure about their personal prospects. In mature markets, barely a third (34 percent) of respondents expect better economic conditions in the future, and only a quarter foresee social and political improvements.

Millennials in developing countries are more optimistic; in fact, their economic confidence is at its highest level since the first survey in 2012. Fifty-seven percent expect their countries’ economic situations to improve and 48 percent have a positive social and political outlook.


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