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The number of people planning to move jobs this year has dramatically increased with 37% thinking of changing jobs in 2015, according to new research.
The survey of over 1,000 UK workers and managers by the Institute of Leadership & Management shows a dramatic increase in the proportion of UK workers planning to move jobs compared to other years.
Previous surveys reported only 19% were planning to move in 2014, while just 13% planned a career move in 2013.
Of those who left their jobs in 2014, 35% cited greater opportunity for progression as their main motivation for seeking a new role – compared to only 12% who sought a higher salary.
In 2015, that has increased to 59%, meaning that increased opportunity is a job seekers number one priority; beating a better salary (56%), a more interesting role (50%) and better management (30%).
The Institute of Leadership & Management says that if companies are to retain staff in 2015, it’s important for them to make sure structures are in place for workers to progress, but also to communicate these opportunities effectively.
Charles Elvin, Chief Executive of the Institute of Leadership & Management, 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.”
The survey also revealed that staff are feeling increasingly undervalued by their managers. Some 25% of those planning to leave said it was because they felt unappreciated in their current role, almost 10% more than last year (16%).
Charles added: “All staff want to feel that they are appreciated by their organisation so 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.”
Other reasons for changing job included greater opportunities for flexible working, which was mentioned by 18%, while 3% said better options for parental leave were spurring their search for a new job.