NEARLY a third of workers will look for new jobs this January, a Brighton company has found.
More than 10 million workers are considering moving on professionally (32.5 per cent of the UK’s workforce) – but most will hang on until after January’s payday before handing in their notice.
The survey, carried out by Crunch Accounting, found New Year resolutions are the reason a third of people plan to take the plunge in January, while others can’t bear the thought of another whole year at work (43 per cent) or are yearning for a fresh start (43 per cent).
Bad bosses topped the list of reasons why people want to quit, with almost half of respondents (46 per cent) listing it as a factor in their decision.
A lack of career progression (36 per cent) narrowly beat lousy pay (35 per cent), while stress (34 per cent) and the commute (22 per cent) all ranked highly. Nearly one in five (18 per cent) Brits are quitting to follow their dream of starting a new business.
Darren Fell, chief executive and founder of Crunch Accounting, who commissioned the research, said: “It’s that time of year again when people start drawing up their plans for New Year resolutions – and it looks like a career change is high on the list.
“In all honesty, we’re not hugely surprised – why should people slog away in nine to five roles they no longer find fulfilling? In the modern world of work, people should be able to find flexible, exciting careers that fit their lifestyle, whether that’s in a change of job, industry or following their dream of becoming their own boss. Here’s to 2017 – the year to make a fresh new start”
The research also shows that the decision to move on is not necessarily a rash one with almost two thirds of people stating that they had been contemplating giving notice for six months or longer, while a third (32 per cent) admitted they have been considering it for 12 months or more.