Survey reveals substantial numbers of people leaving their jobs

A survey by Personnel Today’s sister publication IRS Employment Review of 94 organisations – covering a total of 121,578 employees – showed that they lost a total of 17,792 workers over the past 12 months.


Resignations were the most common reason for the departures. Others included a small number of employers who had transferred large numbers of staff under Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE), while a larger number reported staff leaving due to ill health.


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Notice periods are common, although the survey found that the length of notice varied with different employee groups. Forty-nine organisations had separate arrangements based on seniority; 15 differentiated between blue- and white-collar workers; 15 have separate arrangements based on historic/inherited arrangements – such as in instances arising from mergers or takeovers; and five organisations had arrangements based on bargaining groups.


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Despite the introduction of new dispute resolution procedures in 2004, few respondents reported a fall in the number of workplace disputes settled by compromise agreements or tribunal hearings. However, the number expecting to see a reduction in the amount of disciplinary and grievance actions leading to employee departures in the next two years was higher than the number expecting an increase.


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More than four million people leave their jobs every year. Most of these departures involve voluntary decisions such as resignations and retirement, but one in three involves redundancies or dismissals.


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