1 in 3 UK employees tempted to leave their jobs by the end of June, reveals Robert Half

15 June 2017
  • Londoners most likely to consider quitting in the first half of 2017
  • Nearly half of millennials have itchy feet about their current role
  • Technology professionals top the list of those likely to leave their current job

London, 15 June 2017 – Thirty-six per cent of employees are tempted to leave their current role by the end of June, reveals Robert Half UK. Research from It’s time we all work happy: The secrets of the happiest companies and employees finds employees in London and the East of England are most likely to leave their roles with nearly half of Londoners (49%) and 42% of those in cities like Cambridge, Norwich and Peterborough admitting they anticipate quitting their jobs in the first six months of the year. In contrast, those in the North claimed that they were the least likely to leave their roles. Overall, 27% of those in Yorkshire and the Humber, 32% of those in the North and 33% in Scotland have any intention to leave.

Region

Percentage likely to leave their current jobs

UK

36%

London

49%

East of England

42%

South

35%

Midlands

35%

Scotland

33%

North

32%

Yorkshire and the Humber

27%

 

Despite experiencing above average levels of happiness (71.7) and interest (71.3) in their roles compared to the UK average, the desire for greener pastures is being driven by the millennial generation (born 1982 to 2002). On average, nearly half (49%) of those aged 18–34 are likely to have left their jobs, compared to a third of 35–54 year olds and a fifth (21%) of those aged over 55. For the millennial generation feeling appreciated, being interested and having pride in their organisation are the top drivers of workplace happiness.

The study also found that those in the technology and IT industry – which ranks above average on the happiness scale at 70.1 – are the most tempted to leave their current job by the end of June. In total, over half (52%) admitted they were thinking about moving on in the first half of the year. In contrast, those in administrative or clerical roles and in the marketing and creative industries were the least likely to consider a change.

Profession

Percentage likely to leave their current jobs

Ranking on the happiness scale

Ranking on the interest scale

UK Average

36%

67.2

69.6

Technology / IT

52%

70.1

69.6

Legal

47%

56.1

57.7

Accounting

45%

66.8

64.9

Finance and financial services

44%

65.7

64.0

Marketing and creative

42%

70.8

71.2

Administrative

29%

70.6

70.5

“With a skills shortage continuing in the UK, skilled employees are fast becoming aware that they have multiple opportunities available to them as demand continues to grow faster than supply,” comments Phil Sheridan, senior managing director at Robert Half UK. “For today’s employees, career goals aren’t static or only reviewed on an annual basis. So for businesses looking to improve retention, efforts should be focused on proactively talking with staff about their aspirations and working to support them with their career progression. Finding opportunities that excite and interest employees will play an important role in an employee’s overall happiness and job satisfaction.”

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Notes to editors

This study was developed by Robert Half and conducted by independent research firm, Happiness Works. The study is based on research with more than 2,000 randomly selected United Kingdom adults who are currently employed on a full or part-time basis with the results segmented by size, sector and geographic location. Those regions with more than 200 survey respondents or industries with over 100 survey respondents were included in the analysis for this release.

About Robert Half

Robert Half is the world’s first and largest specialised recruitment consultancy and member of the S&P 500. Founded in 1948, the company has over 325 offices worldwide providing temporary, interim and permanent recruitment solutions for accounting and finance, financial services, technology and administrative professionals. For more than 15 years, Robert Half has been named to FORTUNE® magazine’s list of “Most Admired Companies” and offers workplace and job seeker resources at roberthalf.co.uk and twitter.com/roberthalfuk.

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