David McWilliams: Young workers feel anxious about the future – and rightly so

Sign of the Times: A country that equates property with wealth is excluding its young

High prices: Young couples excluded from the property market push life’s milestones out further. Photograph: Getty

High prices: Young couples excluded from the property market push life’s milestones out further. Photograph: Getty

The results of the 2019 Sign of the Times survey by Behaviour & Attitudes are published by The Irish Times on Saturday. The annual snapshot of Irish life combines quantitative and digital qualitative techniques with B&A published data on the economy, health, technology and shopping. The research was conducted in January and February 2019.

The 2019 Sign of the Times survey by Behaviour & Attitudes provides a useful snapshot of an economy where the majority of people think things are going well, younger people still feel they will be better off than their parents, but where the housing market and childcare costs divide the generations, leaving younger adults stressed and the older generation much more chilled.

The survey reveals a society where only 14 per cent say they are struggling financially, with 37 per cent saying they are living comfortably.

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