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Employees Look to Change Jobs

Staff shortages and turnover will continue for some time, according to the talent solutions and consulting firm of Robert Half.

Its biannual Job Optimism Survey of more than 2,400 workers in the U.S. found that 41% said they are currently looking or plan to look for a new job in the second half of 2022.

Those most likely to pursue new opportunities are: 25- to 40-year-olds (53%); technology professionals (52%); working parents (50%); and employees with their companies for 5 to 9 years (49%).

“There has never been a better time to explore the job market and opportunities that offer better pay, a greater challenge and more flexibility,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director of Robert Half. “In this market, even passive job seekers are flight risks, so it’s crucial for companies to address employees’ priorities before they even contemplate a career move.”

Overall, 88% of workers feel confident about their current skill set and marketability, the poll found. More than half of those considering a change plan to pursue hybrid (55%) or fully remote (54%) jobs and 54% are open to searching outside their city.

The main reasons they are looking for a new job are to obtain a salary boost (65%); greater opportunities for advancement (39%); or to seek a career change after experiencing burnout (34%).

Among workers with their current company for a year or less, 10% said they regret quitting their previous job, and 26% would have met with their manager to discuss issues that made them leave and 17% would have asked for a raise or promotion.

McDonald stressed that employee turnover is bound to happen, but employers can mitigate risk by promoting job opportunities, discussing career paths and re-evaluating compensation regularly.

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