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Why do people want to change jobs? The survey gives an answer

A poll finds that the number of people dissatisfied with their jobs has been increasing, often quitting and finding new work.

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More than one-fifth of all Slovaks filed a notice last year – and this trend will only intensify this year, Plus Jeden Deň (PJD) daily wrote on January 30.

The daily quotes a poll of the recruitment agency Grafton Slovakia and the Behaviolabs.com website, which involved 1,503 people. It showed that within the next six months, 38 percent of Slovaks plan to change their job.

The industries mostly stricken by this drain are marketing, tourism and translation services (up to one-third of people leave). A big tendency for changing jobs is also in media and law agencies. On the other hand, people most inclined to stay loyal and not leave their jobs (only every sixth one leaves) are in the textile, leather-manufacturing and clothing industries, followed by top managers, technical engineers and mechanical engineers, PJD wrote.

The bravest people are in the Bratislava Region, where there are the most opportunities. The most loyal workers are in Nitra Region – but even here the job-changing rate nears 20 percent.

More specifically, 18 percent of respondents plan to quit within a month, 38 percent within six months, and 31 percent within a year. Up to 81 percent of those who plan to change jobs are aged 21 to 40, 75 percent are college graduates and 94 percent work in the private sector.

What is the motivation for changing a job?

Money is the biggest motivation behind a possible job change, Miroslav Garaj of Grafton Slovakia told PJD, adding that as many as 54 percent of those polled said their salary has increased in the past year; 41 percent said it has not changed – and a mere 5 percent said their salary decreased

Employers try to motivate their employees with growing salaries or non-financial benefits, but people still tend to seek a new job instead.

The three most frequent arguments for changing a job are – apart from salary: career growth, the need to change and “comfort in terms of people”, i.e. the team and relations. Bad relations at the workplace are the most demotivating factor, according to the poll.

More offers have an impact, too

In the course of 2017, 21.5 percent of people who have had their CV on the Profesia.sk job portal changed their job at least once. This number has doubled compared to 2015.

“This is also due to the improved situation in the labour market,” opines head of the recruitment website, Ivana Molnárová, adding that the number of jobbers has increased 10 percent within a year and by almost 108% in the past four years.

Topic: Career and HR


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