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25% of all employees are ‘actively job hunting’

1 November 2013

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A quarter of all employees are actively job hunting, according to a survey released by the world’s largest HR and professional development body. 

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has warned that talent is once again on the move, with job seeking intentions at their highest since spring 2011. 

The latest CIPD/Halogen Employee Outlook report revealed that 24% of workers in the private and voluntary sector and 23% of workers in the public sector are looking for a new job. 

Research also uncovered that the intention to look for alternative employment increased with job dissatisfaction – 62% of dissatisfied staff were looking for a new role, compared with 10% who were satisfied. 

The same was true of disengagement (71% compared with 9% who were engaged), and those under daily pressure at work (45% compared with 19% who never felt under excessive pressure). 

Claire McCartney, research adviser at the CIPD, said: “Talent is on the move again, signalling a decline in fear around job security as the impact of the economic downturn begins to lessen.

“However, this should also signal a warning to employers to up their game when it comes to retaining key talent – if they aren’t monitoring their employees’ progression and providing opportunities to talk about career development, they may well risk losing some of their most talented workers, who might well vote with their feet and take advantage of a somewhat improved labour market outlook.”