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UK employees are confident and on the move in 2017

Published 3rd January 2017 by Melissa Farrington
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New research [free download] from Investors in People shows that more UK employees are confident in the jobs market and ready to make their next move in 2017.


“This year we were expecting to see British workers planning to stay put in the face of economic uncertainty. But we’ve seen exactly the opposite: a significant rise in people looking to move jobs in 2017 backed by a rise in confidence in the jobs market. Workers are telling us they want to move for better management, better pay and flexible working. This sends a clear message to British business to invest in your people or 2017 might be the year they move on.”

– Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People


59% considering a change

Up by 10% from 2016, 59% of UK staff are considering changing jobs in 2017. This is the highest since the Investors in People employee sentiment poll began in 2014. Our poll of 2000 people1 reveals ongoing dissatisfaction over poor management and pay.

Top reasons for job dissatisfaction

  1. Pay

  2. Poor management

  3. Not feeling valued as a member of staff

  4. No career progression

  5. Not enjoying the work

This article is an excerpt from the annual employee sentiment report from Investors in People.

Download the full report to explore more of this year’s findings and access year-on-year trend analysis, including:

  1. Job attrition and where it's happening

  2. Confidence in the job market

  3. Employee happiness by location - do you need to take action?

  4. The key factors affecting job happiness and satisfaction in 2017


*You can view our “methodology” within the downloaded report.