Three in 10 office workers (29%) are considering moving jobs in the next year. Why? Well the research carried out by Robert Half show that this behaviour is driven by:

  • The demand for a better work-life balance
  • Higher remuneration
  • Flexible working hours

And, it seems that candidates are confident in their job prospects. 32% believe that their skill set will be more desirable in the coming months and, 33% believe they will continue to receive multiple job offers with competitive salaries.

The three biggest factors employees cite as reasons for leaving their current role are:

  • The desire for a better work-life balance (39%)
  • Higher remuneration (38%)
  • Flexible working hours (32%)

But age is a determining factor when looking at which segments of the workforce is most likely to move. Those between the ages of 16 and 24 are most likely (38%) to move jobs because they’d like to further advance their career (40%) and achieve a better work-life-balance (41%).

Only 28% of those aged over 35 said they would be likely to job hop.

16-24 year olds also places greater importance on corporate culture (19%) than higher remuneration (17%), highlighting the significance of a strong employer brand.

This research also reveals increased remuneration does not become the key motive for a job move until the age of 35+.

With the talent dilemma showing no signs of slowing down, companies need to act fast to secure their preferred candidates. Having a strong employer brand and offering candidates ways to work happy will prove vital to winning the war for talent.

Matt Weston, Managing Director, Robert Half UK
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