One-Third of Workers Considering Job Change

Staff turnover will continue to trouble employers, new research from talent solutions and business consulting firm Robert Half shows.

According to the company’s biannual job optimism survey of more than 500 workers in Canada, three in 10 workers are considering a job change in the second half of 2022, up from six months ago.

“Companies in Canada continue to face a scarcity of skilled talent,” says David King, Canadian senior managing director of Robert Half. “Attracting and hiring candidates is top of mind for many organizations right now as workers explore new job opportunities that offer higher compensation, better perks and benefits, and remote work options.”

Those most likely to pursue new opportunities are 18 to 40-year-olds (46 per cent) and employees who have been with their company for five to nine years (42 per cent).

Overall, 80 per cent of workers feel confident about their current skill set and marketability.

The main reasons professionals are looking for a new job are a salary boost, greater opportunities for advancement and the ability to work remotely permanently.

More than half of workers considering a change plan to pursue hybrid (56 per cent) or fully remote (51 per cent) positions. And 42 per cent are open to searching outside their city.

King says managers are taking greater measures to help keep valued employees on board, including benchmarking salaries and making adjustments, if appropriate; offering schedule flexibility; prioritizing advancement opportunities; and implementing meaningful employee recognition programs.

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