Stick or twist? How often should workers change jobs?

Stick or twist? How often should workers change jobs?


CV-Library surveyed 1,339* UK workers and found that 54.5% of these UK workers believe that staying in the same job for ‘too long’ can damage your career.  44.8% suggested five years was about right for changing company.

Almost half (44.7%) believe it’s acceptable to change jobs often to help gain more experience, with nearly a third (29.6%) said it’s a good opportunity to climb the career ladder.

Interestingly, one third (33.8%) of those surveyed had been in the same job for more than 10 years, and 60.4% felt they should be promoted every couple of years.  Conversely 23.5% believed promotion should occur every five years, with 13.7% suggesting this should be an annual event.

Asked why they left their last job, 16.3% of those surveyed said it was because there was no room to progress and 12.1% were offered a better position elsewhere. The study also asked respondents if they’d hope for a counter-offer from their current employer after they hand their notice in, with 56% stating that they would.

When questioned on what they’d like this counter-offer to include, half (48%) said a salary increase. In addition, 29.9% said they’d hope for a better path for progression and 15.2% would want more opportunities for flexible work. A small 4.7% also said they’d want a new job title.

A third (32.1%) confessed they wouldn’t actually stay if their employer made them a counter offer.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments on the findings: “Within your working life, it’s important to constantly learn new skills and gain new experiences. If your current employer is offering this, then great! However, if you’ve been in the same role, doing the same tasks, for a long period of time, it may be worth discussing opportunities for development or looking for a new job entirely.

“It’s always important to leave a job for the right reasons. Don’t make any rash decisions and ensure that you have a good chat with your manager first. Alongside this, avoid securing another job just to get a counter-offer from your existing employer. This isn’t professional and will paint you in a bad light. If it is time to move on, then look at this as an exciting opportunity to take your career to new heights.”

* Age demographic made up as:
Under 18: 52 ; 18-24: 141 ; 25-34: 268 ; 35-44: 261 ; 45-54: 367 ; 55-64: 238 ; 65+: 12


Thursday, 5 July 2018

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