How do UK office employees feel about changing jobs in 2022?

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Moneypenny polled 1,000 UK office employees aged 18 and above on their feelings about changing employment before Covid-19, during the pandemic, and now, when most rules have been lifted.

According to the study, 14% claimed they planned to change jobs before Covid-19 and did so during the pandemic, with the youngest age group (18 to 24-year-olds) being the most likely to respond with 44%.

Furthermore, 17% said they were planning to change jobs before Covid-19 but had not done so during the pandemic.

The poll also looked at why, despite their best intentions, people that were polled did not change jobs during the pandemic. 51% said it was safer to stay in their existing position during Covid-19, 43% said the job market was unstable, and 39% said it was just because of Covid-19.

Moneypenny looked into the percentages of those who had taken another similar job with better career prospects (41%), taken a break before changing jobs (23%), taken a job with a big promotion (22%), taken a job that caused a demotion to grow within a new business (22%), changed their working hours to part-time (21%), started their own business (19%), and finally returned to study and retrain (19%). (14% ).

According to the report, just 17% of women have accepted a job with a substantial advancement, compared to 30% of males.

According to the study, the most essential characteristics of jobs are currently compensation (46%), general flexibility (22%), the ability to work from home or in the office (11%), business culture (9%), and lastly perks (6%).

Due to Covid-19, 64% of respondents claimed their primary priorities in various elements of their professions have shifted.

In terms of the percentage of individuals considering changing jobs in the near future, 37% said they would stay in the same industry, 40% said they would shift to a different industry, and 23% said they were unsure.

Creative arts and design, environment and agriculture, accounting, banking and finance, business, consulting and management, and energy and utilities were the top five industries respondents said they would be most interested in shifting to in the near future.

Furthermore, 59% of those polled said they have no plans to change employment in the near future.

“The pandemic has caused many of us to re-evaluate our life choices and what is essential to us,” said Joanna Swash, Group CEO of Moneypenny.

“We were astonished to see that 52% of those who replied to our survey claimed they planned to change jobs prior to Covid-19, but did not do so during the pandemic.” However, it was also fascinating to observe how many people confessed that Covid-19 had shifted their main priority in terms of employment.

“We believe that our findings may assist those who are deciding whether or not to change occupations by demonstrating that they are not alone in their decision.”

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