Majority of British employees consider changing job in 2017

The dissatisfaction of salaries and lack of career development opportunities are still the main reasons for the desire of British employees to leave work despite of the economic uncertainty. The majority of employees are considering to change jobs in the next 12 months, according to survey of Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2017. The survey paints a surprisingly rosy picture in the intentions of the British employees to leave work amid political uncertainty and upheaval.

About 62% of respondents plan to change jobs in 2017. More than a quarter (27%) pointed as the reason for this intention the lack of professional development opportunities, while the same number of people are motivated to leave because of low wages and lack of social benefits.

The study, involving 19,200 people, showed more mismatch between what employers and employees into the “essential benefits”, which can be an obstacle for the retention of key employees. For example, the work-life balance is considered important by 24% of employees compared with 13% of employers. And while 15% from the staff determines the location of the workplace, as the most important factor, only 6% of businesses say the same.

Despite the problems resulting from Brexit, the 94% of organizations expect an increase in business activity or at least remain at the same level next year. Almost three quarters (73%) plan to hire new employees over the next 12 months, 51% look for permanent staff, a figure that is 33% higher than last year.

Meanwhile, more than three quarters (77%) of employers expect to face a shortage of suitable candidates, which ranked first among the challenges next year. Following competition from other employers (45%) and candidates with demands for unrealistic wage (42%).

The study also shows that 55% of respondents are not satisfied with their salary, although wages increased in 2016 Salaries of professionals rose by 1.8%, although the figure is lower than in 2015 when wages increased by 2.3%. Expectations were for a rise in wages of 2.8%.

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