Digital natives and working hours Hungarian and Romanian youth in the labor market

Proceedings of ‏The 3rd International Conference on Applied Research in Business, Management and Economics

Year: 2021


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Digital natives and working hours Hungarian and Romanian youth in the labor market

Musinszki Zoltán, Lipták Katalin, Süveges Gábor Béla, Horváthné Csolák Erika And Szűcsné Markovics Klára



Nowadays, members of the twenties who can be considered digital natives are constantly entering the labor market. Are traditional working hours appropriate for the adult generation in the digital age? Does the flexibility provided by the Internet and the digital world affect the working time ideas of twenty-year-old digital natives? We assume that members of the younger generation, Generations Y and Z (date of birth between 1995–2009; age 20–29) have similar views on working hours, regardless of country and settlement type. Accordingly, we formulated the research questions and applied the research methodology. We asked young people aged 20-29 with a degree in economics and law in Hungary and Romania about what type of working hours they prefer. Our research question was whether the type of the working time schedule is influenced by the country, the settlement type or the field of education. In our study, we concluded that in both countries, respondents would prefer to work in a schedule of partly or fully flexible working time than in full-time, fixed or non-fixed working hours. Responders prefer partly flexible working time in Hungary and fully flexible working time in Romania. For both countries, a relative majority would like to work in a schedule of fully flexible working time. The relative majority in the economic field of education prefer a fully flexible working time schedule, in the legal field of education a partly flexible working time schedule.

Keywords: labor market, digital natives, questionnaire.