Organisational issues cause most job changes, finds NPA

Professionals moving jobs last year were most likely to cite ‘organisational’ reasons for their switch, above job-specific motivators or personal issues.

Fri, 19 Apr 2013
Professionals moving jobs last year were most likely to cite ‘organisational’ reasons for their switch, above job-specific motivators or personal issues.

This is according to a survey from worldwide recruiting network NPA of 400 candidate placements in the previous year.

Just under 48% of candidates cited at least one organisational factor for the candidate’s change of employers. Specifically:

  • 17% said that the ownership or finances of the business they left were not stable or business was slow
  • 14% said the company had closed or moved
  • 12% said they were concerned by the organisation’s direction or strategy
  • 10% said they wanted to move to an organisation of a different size
  • 6% reported they were getting insufficient training or development

Slightly fewer (42%) of responses included one job-specific motivator for an employee’s change of employers. In particular:

  • 22% said they were lacking in job stability
  • 22% said they were dissatisfied with their career progression

Dissatisfaction with other job specific issues was much less frequently an issue, with 7% reporting a poor relationship with superiors, 5% unsatisfactory compensation or benefits, 5% too much travel and 2% saying the job was too fast-paced or involved too many hours.

A mere 11% of surveys listed a personal reason for the change of employers – and nearly half of these came under the category ‘seeking growth, challenge or change’.

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