Millennials most likely to have left their jobs by the end of this month

An exodus of staff is expected at the end of June, claims a new study which predicts that 36 percent of employees will have left their jobs by the end of this month. Research from Robert Half UK entitled: ‘It’s time we all work happy: The secrets of the happiest companies and employees’ finds employees in London and the East of England are most likely to have left their roles by the end of June with nearly half of Londoners (49 percent) and 42 percent of those in cities like Cambridge, Norwich and Peterborough admitting they anticipate quitting their jobs in the first six months of the year. This trend is being driven by the millennial generation (aged 18–34), who despite experiencing above average levels of happiness (71.7) and interest (71.3) in their roles, are more likely to have left their jobs (49 percent) compared to a third of 35–54 year old’s and a fifth (21 percent) of those aged over 55.

In terms of the regions, those in the North are the least likely to leave their roles. Overall, 73 percent of those in Yorkshire and the Humber, 68 percent of those in the North and 67 percent in Scotland denied having any intention to leave.

Region Percentage likely to leave their current jobs
UK 36%
London 49%
East of England 42%
South 35%
Midlands 35%
Scotland 33%
North 32%
Yorkshire and the Humber 27%

 

The study also found that those in the technology and IT industry – which ranks above average on the happiness scale at 70.1 – are the most likely to have left their current job by the end of June. In total, over half (52%) admitted they were thinking about moving on in the first half of the year. In contrast, those in administrative or clerical roles and in the marketing and creative industries were the least likely to have moved with 71% claiming they were unlikely to consider a change.

Profession Percentage likely to leave their current jobs Ranking on the happiness scale Ranking on the interest scale
UK Average 36% 67.2 69.6
Technology / IT 52% 70.1 69.6
Legal 47% 56.1 57.7
Accounting 45% 66.8 64.9
Finance 44% 65.7 64.0
Marketing and creative 42% 70.8 71.2
Administrative 29% 70.6 70.5

“With a skills shortage continuing in the UK, skilled employees are fast becoming aware that they have multiple opportunities available to them as demand continues to grow faster than supply,” comments Phil Sheridan, senior managing director at Robert Half UK.

“For today’s employees, career goals aren’t static or only reviewed annually. So for businesses looking to improve retention, efforts should be focused on proactively talking with staff about their aspirations and working to support them with their career progression. Finding opportunities for employees that engages their interest and their skills are important contributions to your employee’s happiness in their role.”

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