Workers in their 20s are more likely to get free food than health insurance

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Millennials are gaining a reputation as the generation that can’t stand still.

They’re more likely to embrace the gig economy, and the length of time they stick with any company is shortening, according to recruiting-software firm Jobvite.

“With my father’s generation, people changed jobs four times in their lifetime,” Jobvite CEO Dan Finnigan tells Quartz. “With my generation, it’s eight times—which by the way, this is my seventh or eighth job. Today, people in their early 20s will change jobs 15 to 20 times or more—every three to four years.”

But what the young adults lack in stability, they make up with free food. That’s the top job perk reported by those between 18 and 29, according to a survey Jobvite released today (March 23) that polled 2,035 adults in the US. Thirty-five percent of them say their companies provide them with free snacks and meals—a benefit that’s become more common than health and dental insurance for this demographic.