According to the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, the average job tenure in 1984 was five years although this dropped to a low of four years and six months in 1989 before rising slightly in 1993.
By gender, the figures show that men tend to stay in a job for longer. The 1993 figure for men is six months and four months; for women it is four years and three months.
But according to a recent report by Age Concern, the average figures for job tenure do not reflect the fact that many employees are spending shorter and shorter periods with an employer.
The report, Future Work and Lifestyles, also found there have been large rises in the number of people on fixed-term contracts.
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