Survey: One in Five Workers Plan to Change Jobs in 2014

Chicago — Jan. 9

With the New Year just underway, many U.S. workers are already resolving to find a new employer, according to a CareerBuilder survey.

Twenty-one percent of full-time employees plan to change jobs in 2014, the largest amount in the post-recession era and up from 17 percent in 2013, according to the survey, which was conducted online by Harris Interactive from Nov. 6 to Dec. 2 and included 3,008 full-time, private sector employees across industries and company sizes.

A drop in job satisfaction may account for the expected rise in turnover. Fifty-nine percent of workers are satisfied with their jobs, down from 66 percent in 2013; 18 percent are dissatisfied, up from 15 percent last year. Those who are dissatisfied cite concerns over salary (66 percent) and not feeling valued (65 percent) most often as reasons for their dissatisfaction.

Certain factors appear to make workers more likely to change jobs than others:

• Workers who are dissatisfied with their job: 58 percent plan to change jobs in the New Year
• Workers who are dissatisfied with advancement opportunities at current company: 45 percent
• Workers who are dissatisfied with their work-life balance: 39 percent
• Workers who feel underemployed: 39 percent
• Workers who are highly stressed: 39 percent
• Workers who have a poor opinion of their boss’s performance: 37 percent
• Workers who feel they were overlooked for a promotion: 36 percent
• Workers who have been with their company two years or less: 35 percent
• Worker who didn’t receive a pay increase in 2013: 28 percent

For the 79 percent of workers who have no intention of leaving their current job in 2014, a variety of factors weigh into their decision, with relationships with co-workers, work-life balance and benefits topping the list.

Source: CareerBuilder