Hitting the high skies

Written on the 17 June 2009

RESEARCH reveals that high earning 18 to 35s are more likely to go high flying to get ahead in the corporate climb than lesser earning counterparts.
The findings were released by Contiki Holidays as part of its annual Travel Trends Research Report, carried out by Galaxy Research.

This year’s report ‘The Skilled Set’ is a comprehensive review of young Australians’ attitude towards balancing work and life and how their salaries affect their sense in regards to travel and the corporate climb.
Around 75 per cent of all Aussie 18 to 35s, from high-earners raking in $70k plus annually to those on starting-salaries of $40k or under, agree that travel teaches skills not learned in the workplace (76 per cent agree).

Young Australians making management-level money, on an annual income of more than $70k, agree that travel helps make them a better employee (61 per cent) compared to 47 per cent of those on salaries of $40k and under.
Travel was once again given a big thumbs-up by the big wallets, with 40 per cent of those earning over $70k annually agreeing that travel helps with their career prospects, as opposed to 32 per cent of their lower-paid pals.
While those earning higher salaries claim career success from travel, they are also putting their well-earned money with their mouths are and are jetting off more frequently than those watching budgets closely.

On the whole, 18 to 35s have visited an average of four countries in the last three to four years. But those with an annual pay check of more than $70K have been to six.
Back at home, almost all 18 to 35s believe achieving a work-life balance is important, however once again, the most important factors to achieving this balance varied from pay check to pay check.


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