Six out of ten workers in the UK say they are happy in their current roles, according to a new survey from recruitment firm Robert Half.
In its latest Job Satisfaction Index the company found that the majority of workers are actually satisfied with their jobs, and over half think it is unlikely they will change jobs at any point this year.
However, around a third of those currently in work say that they do plan to look for another job over the course of this year, which the study’s authors calculate could mean as many as 10 million workers looking to make a change. In London, this figure is even higher, with around half of respondents saying the same.
Perhaps this is why organisations are still concerned about retaining some of their very best employees. Robert Half says that in separate research, three-quarters of C-suite executives in Scotland alone are worried that they may lose their top performers.
It may not be surprising that dissatisfaction with pay levels is the top reason for changing jobs. But just 27 per cent said that this is their main concern. For 15 per cent it is a lack of opportunities for career progression at their current job, while a similar percentage are simply bored.
Though employers themselves seem to be a fairly small problem for these job-hunters – just nine per cent said they were leaving due to their managers or company leaders – 14 per cent also said that a lack of work-life balance was pushing them to look elsewhere.
“Leading organisations know that financial remuneration is only one factor affecting candidates’ decisions – work-life balance is another,” says Kris Flanagan, senior manager of Robert Half Scotland.
“Hiring temporary staff can help relieve workload pressure and ensure that employees do not suffer from workplace ‘burnout’, while still ensuring that critical initiatives remain on track.”
Younger workers are more likely to consider changing jobs than their older counterparts, with 46 per cent of those aged between 18 and 34 saying they intend to switch roles this year.
In contrast, that figure sank to 29 per cent among 35-54 year-olds. Among those who are more likely to be considering retirement aged 55 and over, the figure was substantially lower at just 14 per cent.