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Australians looking to switch jobs in next 12 months: study

Australians looking to switch jobs in next 12 months: study

66 per cent of Australian employees intend to look for employment with another organisation

Australian employees are looking to leave their current jobs and seek employment with another organisation in the next 12 months, a survey conducted by recruitment specialist, Kelly Services, found.

The findings showed that 66 per cent of them intend to look for employment with another organisation in that timeframe and 33 per cent frequently think about quitting their job.

Within the IT sector, 60 per cent of the Australian IT respondents intend to look for employment with another organisation in the next 12 months and 28 per cent of them contemplate quitting their jobs.

The latest annual study, The Kelly Global Workforce Index 2012, polled 170,000 people from 30 countries in America, Asia-Pacific, as well as Europe, the Middle East and Africa – including 1600 people in Australia.

Among the main workforce generations, baby boomers (aged 49-66) were the most likely to switch employers, with 70 per cent planning to look for another position in the next year.

Statistics for Gen X (aged 31-48) stood at 67 per cent, followed by Gen Y (aged 19-30) with 64 per cent.

When considering one position over another, 51 per cent of survey respondents cited personal fulfilment of work/life balance as the most important consideration.36 per cent named personal growth/advancement, eight per cent picked compensation/benefits and four per cent chose corporate sovereignty/good will.

Kelly Services managing director, Karen Colfer, said employees are feeling the need to switch jobs as they are going through a period of economic uncertainty, resulting in feelings restless about their future career goals.

“We see many people who are unhappy in their jobs actively searching for new opportunities. Others are reasonably content but are seeking greater engagement and meaning, and are prepared to walk away from situations that are not providing it.

“Unless employers can offer meaningful work and ongoing opportunities for growth, many employees feel it is in their best interest to keep their careers in a perpetual state of motion,” Colfer said.

The survey also revealed that 74 per cent of respondents identified the ability to ‘excel or develop’ as the key to fostering a sense of commitment to their jobs.

This was followed by connection with co-workers (51 per cent), alignment to personal values (39 per cent), opportunities to give back to the community (32 per cent) and a connection to the corporate strategy (20 per cent).

Other findings from the survey include:

  • Only 52 per cent of Australian respondents said they were happy in their jobs.
  • Only 41 per cent of them said their current employment provides them with a sense of ‘meaning’.
  • 34 per cent of Australians use social media networks when making career or employment decisions.

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