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An Investigation into Generational Differences in the Irish Labour Market

Kiely, Gordon (2021) An Investigation into Generational Differences in the Irish Labour Market. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This research project seeks to examine generational differences in the labour market in Ireland, and encompasses the four generations which are working in the current Irish workforce. This research examines if Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y and Generation Z who has only began to enter the workforce any different to each other with respect to their attitude, motivations and job satisfactions.

Using a quantitative method a sample of the Irish labour marker were examined to ascertain if differences between generations occurred not only with job satisfaction, motivation but to where the different generations worked and desired to work and what factors would entice them to change jobs.

Primary and secondary research were used to examine if there are any actual generational differences present in the labour market. While secondary research focuses on perceived differences between generations, and found that there is little evidence to confirm this assumption. While generational differences are present with respect to life experiences such as socio-economic conditions there are very little differences if any in attitudes and values of workers. These assumptions were tested by way of primary research across a number of hypotheses to also confirm that there were very little differences except for where generations work, desire to work and their motivation for leaving a job.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > Ireland
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Labour Market
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Performance Management > Motivation
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Quality of Work Life / Job Satisfaction
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2021 15:27
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2021 15:27
URI: https://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/5253

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