Size Matters: Where Europeans Want to Work

When it comes to where Europeans want to work, smaller is beautiful.

by Niklas Anzinger, January 2, 2018

It seems size matters after all, at least when it comes to where Europeans would prefer to work.

If given a choice between working for a small or medium enterprise (SME) or a multinational corporation (MNC), a majority of Europeans would prefer to work in SMEs.

Perhaps this number is not surprising considering SMEs are the backbone of Europe’s economy, representing 99% of all businesses in the EU.

What is surprising (at least to us), is that MNCs seem to be quite popular among younger generations:

  • 37% of those under 30 would rather work at a MNC than at a SME 
  • 30% for those older than 30 would rather work at a MNC than at a SME

Would you have guessed?

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This post is part of an ongoing collaboration between The Changer and Dalia Research on surveying public opinion across Europe to shed more light on a range of social and political issues. To find out more about the survey and methodology, see

Originally published May 10, 2016