Unsettled UK employees more open to job offers than any European workforce
A minor salary increase would be enough to tempt 70 per cent of UK employeesinto a new role, as new research suggests Brits are less likely to feel a sense of loyalty to their workplace than anywhere else in Europe.
The Evolution of Work? study, undertaken by the research arm of cloud software provider ADP, found that only 60 per cent of European workers would consider leaving their current job, with a number of different workplace experiences going some way to explain the findings.
A lack of purpose or self-worth in the workplace was the greatest indicator of UK employees? openness for a new role. Almost two-thirds of workers said they did not feel valued at work, compared to just 44 per cent of Germany’s workforce, while over half said they did not feel purposeful in their position.
Withthe vast majority open to improved job offers, a quarter were actively seeking a new position, with almost half passively looking.
Worryingly for employers, a ten per cent increase in salary would be enough to tempt the average UK employee into a new role lower than the 12 per cent registered for the rest of the continent.
Meanwhile, just 48 per cent said they felt loyalty to their employer, compared to the 58 per cent European average.
Placed alongside the perception of employers, the study uncovered a disconnect between staff and those in charge. With a majority of workers in Britain struggling to draw value from their role, 56 per cent of bosses believed their employees felt appreciated,
Commenting on the findings, Jeff Phipps, ADP UK managing director, suggested that Britain’s record employment figures had emboldened workers to feel greater control over their working life, as the labour market becomes more competitive for employers.
the results of this report, whilst alarming, are a positive indication of a buoyant job market, Phipps said.
Praseeda Nair is the editorial director of Business Advice, and its sister publication for growing businesses, Real Business. She's an impassioned advocate for women in leadership, and likes to profile business owners, advisors and experts in the field of entrepreneurship and management.
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