98% of Brits have switched jobs in the last five years

New research conducted by job site Indeed has revealed that 98.1% of Brits are no longer in the same job that they were in five years ago.

Changing attitudes – that continue to shy away from the traditional ‘job for life’ – are partially responsible for this job-switching nature.

However, the study found that these hasty job changes are deemed normal nowadays.

The study, which surveyed more than 1,200 employees and jobseekers found that just 23% of jobseekers think that short-lived jobs could harm their career, while 40% of under-35s feel that short-term employment is actually boosting their careers.

This view was mirrored by 64% of employers, who did not feel job-hoppers impact their businesses negatively.

Commenting on the results of the survey, Indeed’s UK Managing Director, Bill Richards, says that many people are wary of change, particularly when this change underpins the future of careers.

“Our new research dispels the myth of the ‘job for life’ and supports the trend of non-linear career paths.”

“Not everyone chooses to change jobs frequently, but most of us will work for a number of different employers during our careers.”

“While once employers were wary of candidates with a history of switching jobs, they’re increasingly embracing the broader skill set and adaptability job-hoppers offer. Variety is the spice of life, and job-hoppers can bring a huge injection of ideas, energy and professionalism to any workplace,” he explains.

Below, is a full table of results showing the benefit of job-switching and how popular it is among employees…

Benefit Job-hoppers citing this benefit
Learning new skills 44.3%
Ability to adapt 40.4%
Boosts CV 38.7%
Expanding network and connections 33.6%
Ability to move between industries 33.2%
Shows high desirability 28.9%
Helps identify greater job prospects 27.2%

But, will this job-seeking nature make a recruiters job more complex? Let us know in the comments below…


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