Many Workers Believe Switching Firms Is Key to Career Growth

Troy, Mich. — Sept. 25

Most workers think switching employers is the boost needed to further professional development, according to a recent study.

According to workforce services provider Kelly Services, 53 percent of the respondents of its Kelly Global Workforce Index (KGWI) survey believe that to develop their skills and advance their careers it is more important to change employers rather than remain with an existing one.

The KGWI examines issues of job mobility and career progression as part of a shift to a more autonomous and empowered workforce. Nearly 170,000 people across all generations in 30 countries, including the Americas, APAC and EMEA regions, participated in the current survey.

In spite of the lingering uncertainty in the economy, 69 percent of respondents said that if they did change jobs they would be in a good position to negotiate a similar or better position.

The highest level of confidence is in APAC (72 percent) and the Americas (71 percent), compared with EMEA (65 percent).

The survey reflects a changing attitude from workers, with more seeking to gain new experiences and skills with multiple employers.

As a sign of the new sense of self-reliance and autonomy seen in today’s workforce, nearly half of all workers (49 percent) said that even when they are happy in a job, they actively look for better job opportunities or evaluate the job market.

The results also show:

Almost three-quarters (70 percent) consider work experience with multiple employers to be an asset to their career growth and advancement.

The idea of a “career-for-life” with one employer is regarded as “relevant” by one-third of respondents (31 percent). This notion of a “one-employer career” is stronger in the Americas (49 percent) than in APAC (29 percent) and EMEA (21 percent). Employees with professional and technical skills are less attracted to the idea of a career-for-life with one employer (28 percent) than other workers (35 percent).

The Kelly Global Workforce Index is an annual survey revealing opinions about work and the workplace from a generational viewpoint. About 170,000 people from the Americas, APAC and EMEA participated in the survey.

Source: Kelly Services