Thinking about changing your job this year? You’re not the only one.
More than a third of UK workers – 37 per cent – are hoping to leave their current job in 2015, nearly double the amount of people this time last year (19 per cent) and three times that of 2013, when just 13 per cent of people planned to move.
While that means there will be more competition for the jobs that are out there, it also means the logjam that has existed for the last few years could finally ease.
The Institute of Leadership and Management, which conducted the survey that revealed our career plans, said this showed “the return of ambition to the UK workforce” after years in the doldrums.
Of the people looking for new positions, nearly two-thirds (59 per cent) were looking for a better opportunity to progress, more than those looking for a better salary (56 per cent), with a quarter of people planning to make the leap because they feel underappreciated – up almost 10 percentage points on 2014. Half of people were looking for a more interesting role.
ILM chief executive Charles Elvin said the “improving economy and more fruitful job market”, warning employers that “it’s likely they will have to work harder to keep their talented employees”.
He added: Charles continued: “All staff want to feel that they are appreciated by their organisation so it’s crucial that companies actively recognise the efforts and talents of their employees. Companies may want to adapt to this new improved climate, by acknowledging where staff have excelled and moulding opportunities for them to advance.”
The eight reasons British workers want to change job in 2015
- More opportunity for progression (59 per cent)
- Better pay (56 per cent)
- More interesting job (50 per cent)
- Better management (30 per cent)
- More opportunity for training/development (27 per cent)
- More opportunity for flexible working (18 per cent)
- Nicer people (5 per cent)
- Better options for parental leave (3 per cent)