More UK professionals believe ‘job hopping’ is acceptable


Three quarters of workers across the UK now see ‘job hopping’ as acceptable, with almost half agreeing that staying in a job for less than a year is OK. 

A CV-Library survey of around 1,200 professionals asked whether or not it is acceptable to move jobs more often, and how long a person should stay with a company for. 46.8% reported that leaving a job after less than a year is acceptable, with that figure 65% for 18-24 year olds.

The reasons why are even more revealing: 35% believe that if an opportunity comes along, you should take it, 26% accepted that circumstances often change, and 17.9% said it’s OK to leave if the job is not right for you. Other reasons cited were that 7.9% understand that freelance is more common these days and 7.5% would leave to broaden their experience.

With that in mind, of those responding to a question about why they left their last job, 18.1% reported being offered a better opportunity, 16.3% said there was no room for progression, and 8.1% wanted a complete change. 

The study also revealed that the majority of professionals expected to hold more than 10 jobs throughout their lifetime. One in five thought that businesses were being unrealistic if they expected employees to stay for more than two years.   

Conversely, one third of those asked believe that leaving a company after less than a year means you haven’t given it a chance. 28.8% think that leaving a job after a short period looks bad on your CV, and 19.6% agree that it’s unprofessional.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: Though some believe that job hopping looks unprofessional, many are seeing the benefits. It’s interesting to note the generational gap, with younger workers more likely to job hop than their elders. This trend could continue to grow as the next generation enters the job market.

“Businesses need to ensure that they’re doing all they can to retain talented employees, especially as such a huge percentage of the younger generation are not afraid to move jobs more frequently if certain opportunities fit in with their career goals.

It’s clear that professionals are always on the lookout for the best opportunities and are keen to progress, even if this means changing jobs frequently. Employers need to be sure that they’re offering opportunities for progression, training and fair packages. Otherwise they could risk talented staff looking elsewhere.”

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

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