It’s apparently not THAT tough an economy. 60 percent of 8,800 workers surveyed by CareerBuilder.com say that the tightening job market is not making them hold off on plans to change jobs this year. In fact, 19 percent say that finding a new job was on their list of New Year’s resolutions and another 19 percent indicated that they plan to leave their current job before the end of the year.
Why are workers looking to change jobs? Most (49 percent) want better pay or career advancement opportunities. 14 percent want an environment where they feel more appreciated and 10 percent want to work for a company that is making a difference. There’s also 7 percent who are electing to change careers entirely, and 3 percent who want more flexibility or plan to go back to school.
— Pay. A quarter of workers are dissatisfied with their pay. Thirty-five percent of workers did not receive a raise in 2008. Of those that did receive one, 25 percent were given an increase of 2 percent or less. 63 percent of workers did not receive a bonus.
— Career Advancement. 26 percent of workers were dissatisfied with the career advancement opportunities provided by their current employers. Still, 80 percent did not ask for or receive a promotion in 2008.
— Work/Life Balance. 18 percent of workers are dissatisfied with work/life balance and 54 percent report their workloads have increased over the last six months.
— Training/Learning. 23 percent of workers are dissatisfied with training and learning opportunities provided by their current employers.
It’s not that surprising that many New Year’s resolutions concern changing jobs. “January is typically one of the busiest job search months of the year,” said Rosemary Haefner VP of Human Resources at CareerBuilder.com. “And although
82 percent of workers said while they are not actively looking for a new position, they would be open to one if they came across the right opportunity.”
The survey, titled “2009 Job Forecast,” was conducted from November 12 through December 1, 2008.