66 per cent of Australian employees intend to look for employment with another organisation in the next 12 months

33 per cent of Australian employees frequently think about quitting their job according to the latest findings from the Kelly Global Workforce Index™ 

 

April 26, 2012

66 per cent of Australian employees are intending to look for employment with another organisation in the next 12 months and 33 per cent frequently think about quitting their job, according to the latest survey results from global workforce solutions leader, Kelly Services®.

The survey also found that the ability to ‘excel or develop’ was identified by 74 per cent of respondents as the key to providing a sense of meaning in their job.

Karen Colfer, managing director, Kelly Services Australia, said, “Employees have experienced a period of economic uncertainty and, as a result, are feeling restless regarding their future career goals.

“Unless employers can offer meaningful work and ongoing opportunities for growth, many employees feel it is in their best interest to keep their careers in a perpetual state of motion.”

The findings are part of the latest survey results from the Kelly Global Workforce Index, an annual survey conducted by Kelly Services. Almost 170,000 people in 30 countries participated in the survey, including more than 1,600 in Australia.

The survey examines the factors employees use to evaluate potential employers, the people who influence their career choices and the use of social media in making job decisions.

 

Results of the survey in Australia show:

  • Among the main workforce generations, baby boomers (aged 49-66) are the most likely to switch employers, with 70 per cent planning to look for another position in the next year, compared with 67 per cent of Gen X (31-48) and 64 per cent of Gen Y (19-30).
  • 52 per cent of those surveyed said they were happy in their jobs.
  • 41 per cent say that their current employment provides them with a sense of ‘meaning’.
  • The ability to ‘excel or develop’ was identified by 74 per cent of respondents as the key to providing a sense of meaning followed by connection with co-workers (51 per cent), alignment to personal values (39 per cent), opportunities to give back to the community (32 per cent) and a connection to the corporate strategy (20 per cent).
  • When considering one position over another, 51 per cent of survey respondents cited personal fulfillment (work/life balance) and 36 per cent cited personal growth/advancement as the most important considerations.  Both of these attributes surpassed compensation/benefits at 8 per cent and corporate sovereignty/good will at 4 per cent.
  • 34 per cent use social media networks when making career or employment decisions.

Colfer said, “Kelly Services sees many people who are unhappy in their jobs actively searching for new opportunities. Others are reasonably content but are seeking greater engagement and meaning, and are prepared to walk away from situations that are not providing it.”

Complete findings are published in a new report, Acquisition and Retention in the War for Talent.  For more information about the Kelly Global Workforce Index and key regional and generational findings, please visit the Kelly News Room

About the Kelly Global Workforce Index™
The Kelly Global Workforce Index is an annual survey revealing opinions about work and the workplace from a generational viewpoint. Launched in late 2011, approximately 170,000 people from the Americas, APAC and EMEA participated in the survey.  Results will be published throughout 2012 on a variety of topics such as employee retention, social media and the highly virtual workplace. 

Media contact:
Michelle Taylor
Recognition PR
02 9252 2266
mct@recognition.com.au