Two thirds of Brits looking for a better job


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The UK property market has no doubt taken a massive negative hit owing to the lack or uncertainty regarding employment . Two out of three Brits would move to a new job if they were offered one according to a new survey from a major recruiter.  Hays found that 67 per cent of the working population – around 19 million people – would switch employers despite the uncertain economy.

The remaining third of people believe that staying with their current employer offers more security in an uncertain job market.

‘There are opportunities out there for talented people’

The survey also found that 18 per cent of people think there is a lack of jobs in their industry while 21 per cent believe they would be unlikely to find a better job elsewhere.

Of those people who aren’t currently looking for a new job, 42 per cent said that this was because they enjoyed their current job while just 11 per cent reported that they stayed because they would miss their colleagues too much if they left.

People aged 35-44 were the most likely to move if they were offered a more attractive job whilst almost half of Londoners were keen to switch to another role.

Charles Logan, director at Hays, said: “These results indicate just how much the British workforce has suffered in recent years. Many workers are disillusioned, over-worked and don’t always appreciate that there are opportunities out there for talented people.

“Employers need to take urgent steps to re-engage and motivate staff, or they risk losing skilled and experienced workers. Many sectors are still looking for talented staff and there is good demand for people. The onus is on job seekers to make sure they have the skills that are sought after by employers and can demonstrate that they are a solid investment.”

The survey comes as another leading recruiter, Adecco, published figures which showed that the number of permanent vacancies in the UK rose by 1.1 per cent in September, with IT jobs particularly in demand.

Author Nick Marr


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