Up to 95 percent of Australian employees are planning to jump ship this year and look for a new job, with the economic woes of 2009 leaving them feeling tired and disillusioned, a new survey has found.
Recruitment company CMG’s Post GFC Candidate Study Report has revealed of the 930 candidates surveyed, 95 percent are looking for work, of which 73 percent are actively looking and 22 percent are passive or open to offers, with most candidates (57 percent) optimistic they will find a role in the next three months (32 percent of which are very optimistic).
Top reasons given by candidates for seeking new jobs were limited career opportunities (41 percent), feeling undervalued (24 percent) and losing faith in the current organisation (18 percent).
David Reynolds, executive general manager consulting for CMG, said a number of employers are likely to see a mass exodus of staff in February or early March, and as a result must be careful to ensure they don’t lose their critical talent.
“I strongly counsel employers to talk openly with their workforce. What used to work in terms of employee engagement and motivation many not work anymore and, therefore, it’s vital to speak with individuals to understand what drives them and what they need to be productive as well as the career development and reward systems that will work best post GFC,” he said.