Half of Brits looking to leave their current job

The cost of employee turnover
  • 50% of Brits want to leave their job in the next 12 months
  • Workers in London most likely to leave
  • Most are on the hunt for a better salary
  • £30,000 recruitment costs will be a big blow for UK businesses

A study conducted by Citation has revealed that 50% of full or part-time workers in the UK want to leave their current job in the next 12 months.

With the average cost of recruitment coming in at a whopping £30,000**, UK business owners look set for a costly year ahead.

London businesses will be the worst hit, with two thirds (64%) of workers in the capital planning on eyeing up other employers.

Furthermore, those aged between 18 and 24 are most likely to jump ship (64%), and men are 10% more likely to leave than women.

For two in five workers, it’s salaries that’s forcing them to look elsewhere – this is most likely to be the key driver for 18 to 34-year-olds.

Better career prospects (22%), drab company cultures (16%), dislike of managers (11%) and loathing of their job (10%) were other reasons given for wanting to leave.

When on the hunt for a new job, the most important factors cited were:

  • Salary (41%)
  • Location (19%)
  • Flexibility (14%)
  • Career development (14%)
  • Company values/culture (14%)
  • Employee reward schemes/company benefits (2%).

Men are 10% more likely than women to prioritise salaries when seeking employment.

On the other hand, women were much more likely to focus their attention to the flexibility employers have to offer.

Women are almost twice as likely as men to find employee reward schemes and company benefits most important.

Citation’s HR Business Partner, Jenny Ware, commented: “We all know how difficult it is to find the right candidate at the right time – the last thing any employer needs is their employees leaving and heightening the problem.

“Understanding what motivates your employees is vital to help you retain them. Equally, when you’re hiring make sure your advert hits the key points identified in this research. Adverts showing salaries generally attract more candidates, and talking about your culture, training and career opportunities in an advert should attract a broader range of applicants than just talking about the tasks. Including these selling points in the advert and selection process should make your hiring job easier. “

*3gem questioned a nationally representative sample of 2,000 working adults aged 18 and over between 11th and 14th July 2017.

**According to a study by Oxford Economics

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