More employees than ever are looking for a new employer.

Boy frowing up i n5 figures preparing for work lifeIn the past, a job for life was viewed as the ideal choice for many workers. However, with the rise of the gig economy and a workforce that wants more variety, challenge, and development throughout their career, that’s all changed.

Today, few people stay in the same role for more than a few years and with the current buoyant job market (unemployment rates are at historically lows in many countries), it appears that more people than ever are looking to move on to new pastures. According to the latest figures from Gartner’s Global Talent Monitor, 23% of employees are not convinced they should stay with their current employer – a 13% increase on the same 12 month period previously.

2 computer chairs, one with union jack flag, other with euro flagMore reasons to make a career move

Aside from the fact that there’s a skills shortage in many sectors, there are plenty of other reasons why workers are thinking about jumping ship at the moment. Uncertainty about Brexit is certainly a factor, especially with those working in multinational firms. Many employees are unsure what will happen to their job, should their organisation move part, or all, of their operations to an EU country in the event of a hard Brexit. Many companies have already set up bases in Ireland, France and Germany. This has clearly unsettled some workers, who may now be taking advantage of a strong job market to seek out new opportunities closer to home.

At the same time, many workers on zero hour contracts are also looking for more stability in a less competitive job market – which in turn will create recruitment problems for companies used to the flexibility offered by keeping workers on zero hour contracts.

Across the board, work-life balance, job location and stability were the main factors cited by workers looking to move on. This clearly represents opportunities for employers that are looking to secure the best talent. Those that can offer the working environments and benefits that appeal to employees seeking a better work-life balance will do best. Those that don’t could lose their best talent to their competitors, affecting their own performance in the marketplace.

working from homePeople want to stay close to home

It’s interesting too that job location has become a big priority for candidates. Since the turn of the millennium the number of people willing to relocate for work has fallen by a quarter. As living costs rise in London, the days of moving to the capital for work seem to belong to a past era.

Now, more people are seeker out job opportunities closer to home, or in the larger regional centres.’ Jobs in Newcastle’ and ‘jobs in Glasgow’, to name just two examples, have become the most commonly searched phrases on job boards such as Zoek. Meanwhile London has become less of magnet – even for graduates. Between 1996 and 1999, 38,000 more graduates moved to London than left, while between 2013 and 2016, that figure was just 4000. The rising cost of housing relative to salaries will have played a big role here.

However Brexit plays out, 2019 certainly looks to be a busy year for the recruitment market – for both candidates and recruiters alike.

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