Almost half of professionals cite lack of career progression as chief reason to leave a job
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Almost half of professionals cite lack of career progression as chief reason to leave a job

2 Oct 201383 Views

It seems employees have come to terms with the current economic climate and now value a career that offers them a chance to progress over one where they can keep their bonus.

The Robert Walters International Employee Insights survey questioned almost 10,000 professionals in Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the USA, asking about working habits, work-life balance, job satisfaction, motivation and mentoring.

The recruitment consultancy found that 49pc of respondents cited lack of career progression as the main reason for leaving a role, followed by 23pc who would depart because of difficult colleagues, while 13pc would hand in their notice on account of work-life balance.

Only 8pc of those surveyed would leave a role because of a disappointing salary review, and just 2pc would leave because of the lack of a bonus.

“This is not unexpected in an uncertain climate, as professionals place greater importance on career progression and work-life balance,” said Louise Campbell, managing director at Robert Walters Ireland.

Dead end image by Martin Lehmann via Shutterstock

Elaine Burke
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