One in three workers plan to change jobs in 2015

One third of workers seek new role in 2015

More than one in three workers plan to change job this year, double the proportion with the same ambition last year, according to new research.

It is important that employers realise that it’s likely they will have to work harder to keep their talented employees” – Charles Elvin, ILM

A survey by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) suggests that 37% of workers and managers plan to leave their current jobs, a significant increase on 2014 (19%) and 2013 (13%).

Three-fifths (59%) of those polled said that increased opportunity of progression was their motivation for seeking a new role. A similar proportion (56%) said better pay was their reason.

Charles Elvin, ILM chief executive, said: “The New Year is always a popular time for workers to look ahead. With an improving economy and more fruitful job market, it is important that employers realise that it’s likely they will have to work harder to keep their talented employees.

“This means prioritising managing the talent pipeline within the organisation to make sure staff have opportunities to develop and progress.”

What UK workers are hoping for in 2015

1. More opportunity for progression (59%)
2. Better pay (56%)
3. More interesting job (50%)
4. Better management (30%)
5. More opportunity for training (27%)

Other reasons for seeking a new role in 2015 included finding a more interesting job (50%) and working somewhere with better management (30%).

The survey also revealed that staff are feeling increasingly undervalued by their managers. A quarter (25%) of those planning to leave said it was because they felt unappreciated in their current role, almost 10% more than last year (16%).

Elvin added: “It’s crucial that companies actively recognise the efforts and talents of their employees. Companies may want to adapt to this new improved climate, by acknowledging where staff have excelled and moulding opportunities for them to advance.”

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