Most professional workers plan to change jobs this year, report finds

Most professional workers are planning to change jobs this year, according to a new report.

LinkedIn research reveals that Gen Z workers are at the forefront of the trend, with three in five Irish professionals considering a change.

Almost half of respondents are confident about getting a new job in the tight job market. Unsurprisingly, higher salaries are the main motivation as inflation has soared.

Gen Z ages 18-24 are the most likely to consider a new job compared to the rest of the workforce.

71% of them think about it, compared to 47% of active people between 45 and 54 years old.

LinkedIn said the search through its “Jobs on The Rise” list shows surprising signs of confidence among professionals “as they appear resilient to further economic uncertainty.”

“Despite LinkedIn data showing that hiring is slowing (hiring in Ireland is down 12.7% year-on-year), Irish workers are feeling optimistic according to the consumer survey, with around three in five (59pc) considering switching roles in 2023,” he told me.

“Those with the right skills who want to move have reason to be confident, however, as companies continue to face skills shortages and hiring challenges.”

According to the study, the 10 fastest growing jobs are account representative, tax associate, customer service professional and sales development representative.

The others are Site Reliability Engineer, Technical Program Manager, Anti-Money Laundering Analyst, Cyber ​​Security Analyst, Field Services Engineer, and Security Engineer.

A raise in salary is the most important factor that would encourage workers to stay in their current position. However, one in five bosses said they were not offering a pay rise this year.

Nearly three in five workers said they would turn down a job if it required them to work in the office full-time.

LinkedIn said the appetite for new opportunities is not limited to Ireland.

While 59% of Irish professionals plan to change jobs this year, 54% of Italians do so, 59% of Australians and 60% of British workers.

The research also shows that workers are worried about a potential slowdown.

Almost two-fifths of those polled feared it could be used as an opportunity for their employer to force them to report to the office full-time.

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