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Two-thirds of workers ready to switch jobs to more attractive roles

12th October, 2011

Two-thirds (67%) of the working population is likely to move on if they were offered a better job, according to a new survey from recruiting expert Hays. This translates to around 19m people who are ready to leave their current employer, despite the uncertain economic situation.

However, a third (33%) of workers who aren’t currently looking for a job aren’t doing so as they believe staying put offers more security in a turbulent job market than a new role. Just under one in five (18%) believe there are no jobs that require their skills and 18% think there is a lack of jobs in their industry, and 21% believe they would be unable to find a better-paid position. More than four in ten (42%) of people who aren’t currently looking for a job are staying because they actually like their current job. Workplace relations are clearly also under pressure, with a meagre 11% of workers not looking for a job saying they would miss their colleagues too much to leave.

Charles Logan, Director at Hays, commented: “These results indicate just how much the British workforce has suffered in recent years. Many workers are disillusioned, over-worked and don’t always appreciate that there are opportunities out there for talented people. Employers need to take urgent steps to re-engage and motivate staff, or they risk losing skilled and experienced workers. Many sectors are still looking for talented staff and there is good demand for people. The onus is on job seekers to make sure they have the skills that are sought after by employers and can demonstrate that they are a solid investment.”

The survey finds that people aged 35-44 are the most likely to switch jobs (64%) if they were offered a more attractive role, with older people aged 45-54 least likely to move jobs (31%). Results also showed that people in London (49%) are the most keen to move on to another role, while those in the East and West Midlands (35% and 39%) and North East (28%) reported the lowest numbers of people likely to switch jobs.

“Confidence is such an important factor – not only does it help candidates believe that they are capable of getting another role, but it will help them to demonstrate to a potential employer that they are able to add value. It isn’t surprising that older candidates are less reluctant to look for a new job but no matter what their age or where they live people should find out what the actual situation is so they can make an informed decision about whether or not it is a good time to move” added Logan.

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About the survey

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1795 adults of which 1109 are in employment. Fieldwork was undertaken between 29th July-1st August 2011. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

About Hays

Hays plc (the "Group") is a leading global professional recruiting group. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Asia Pacific and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.

As at 30 June 2011, the Group employed 7,620 staff operating from 255 offices in 31 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2011:
- the Group reported net fees of £672 million and operating profit** of £114 million;
- the Group placed around 60,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 190,000 people into temporary assignments;
- 31% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific, 33% in Continental Europe & RoW (CERoW) and 36% in the United Kingdom & Ireland;
- the temporary placement business represented 54% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 46% of net fees;
– - Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the United Kingdom and the USA.

For further press information please contact:
Keir Bosley, CHA
T. 020 7580 7025

Claire Fowler, Hays
T. 020 7259 8821
E. claire.fowler2@hays,com