Half of workforce open to leaving their current job, says Aon report

30 Aug 2016

A new survey conducted by Aon has found that more than half of workers are open to leaving their current job.

The survey was conducted by Aon’s recruitment and retirement business, Aon Hewitt, among 2,000 US employees, with the aim of discovering what life is like in the modern workplace.

The main point worth noting from the survey is that 52pc of those surveyed are by no means settled in their current role and are keeping at least one eye on the job market for a potential move.

Of that number, Aon found that 44pc of them were in the process of actively looking for a new job.

Other findings from the survey showed that, unsurprisingly, 62pc felt above average pay was what defines a company they would want to work for, swiftly followed by above average benefits at 61pc.

Some other entries to the top five important characteristics saw a workplace needing to be fun (58pc), which outranked a company that fits in with your values (56pc).

Workforce frustration rising

Employees were also found to be nearly 11-times more engaged when they were encouraged to share ideas and opinions.

Commenting on the survey, Aon Hewitt’s employee research leader, Ray Baumruk, said: “Encouraged by low unemployment rates and frustrated with lacklustre wage increases, many US workers are looking for new and better jobs.

“In many cases, employees are being selective about the kinds of companies they work for – favouring those that offer exceptional experiences and benefits that align with personal values.”

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Colm Gorey
By Colm Gorey

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic. He joined in January 2014 and covered AI, IoT, science and anything that will get us to Mars quicker. When not trying to get his hands on the latest gaming release, he can be found lost in a sea of Wikipedia articles on obscure historic battles and countries that don't exist any more, or watching classic Simpsons episodes far too many times to count.

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