27% of workforce secretly seeking new jobs

Over a quarter of UK workers are actively looking for a new job, but have chosen not to share this information with their boss or line manager, according to research conducted by Home Learning College.

Over a quarter of UK workers are actively looking for a new job, but have chosen not to share this information with their boss or line manager, according to research conducted by Home Learning College.

Over a third (34%) of those currently in work reported being on the hunt for a new position. The number of people secretly seeking a new position represents 78% of all current jobseekers, says the Home Learning College. 

The survey suggests that men are more likely to be honest about their career plans. Almost two fifths (38%) of active male jobseekers reported that their boss knows they are looking for a new job, compared to just 31% of women.

“With the economy in such turmoil, and job losses rife across most sectors, it’s not surprising that unhappy employees are staying quiet and choosing not to rock the boat with their existing bosses,” says Dave Snow, Academic Director at Home Learning College. “However, employers should be aware that a vast proportion of their workforce is actively seeking, or at least considering, their next move.

“Organisations hoping to emerge from the recent economic downturn in one piece should do all they can to ensure staff are engaged, productive and happy. This doesn’t have to be in the form of pay rises or promotions but could focus instead on developing employee’s skills through internal or external training, which would demonstrate investment in their future.”
 
Catherine Roan, Managing Director of Careershifters.org, said: “There are many people wanting to change career at the moment, but it often isn’t a good idea to share this ambition with your boss, especially if you need an income whilst you job hunt. If you are really tempted to spill the beans, make sure you know why you want to do this, and try to put yourself in your employer’s shoes. If you are hoping they will help you, ask yourself if this is really likely to happen.”





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