National Survey reveals Northern Ireland has UK's most loyal workforce

Jan 24, 2005

A staggering 42 per cent of the UK workforce plans to change jobs within the next year according to the latest workplace survey by leading recruitment website  Almost a quarter of us cite career advancement as the main reason for leaving our current job.

It would seem that employers’ failure to keep their workers motivated has resulted in the development of the nomadic employee.  This is especially noticeable in workers aged 20 and under where half of the workforce have already had between two and five jobs since leaving full-time education.

The problem shows no sign of slowing with 35 per cent of respondents saying that they felt it was acceptable to stay in a job for less than three years.   Northern Ireland has the most loyal workers though, with 19 per cent of the workforce believing that over ten years is an acceptable amount of time to stay in a job.  This is in stark contrast to those in the East Midlands who are least likely to stay in one job for ten years or more.

Keith Robinson, commercial director for, says:  “The results reveal that the UK workforce no longer believe in the concept of ‘a job for life’.”

It would seem that UK workers are shunning recent Government and union initiatives on work-life balance, just six per cent cited work-life balance as a reason for leaving their jobs.

Surprisingly, it isn’t salary and flexitime that is keeping workers motivated in their jobs despite recent Government attempts to promote flexibility in the workforce.  Today’s workers are more interested in the variety and challenge of the role (46 per cent) and promotional and career advancement opportunities (20 per cent.)

Keith continues: “UK employees now want so much more from their jobs than something that ‘just pays the bills’. It seems that we are a highly motivated group and value other factors such as consistent career advancement much more than financial rewards.”

Eugene Burke, a leading occupational psychologist at SHL (the world leader in psychometric assessment) says: “Employees are now demanding that their own personal motivations are in synch with those of their organisation, and if they are not, employees are voting with their feet. As’s research shows, an individual’s motivation, and thus commitment to a job, has a number of drivers.”

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