Survey: 81% of Workers Would Consider Leaving


A recent survey found that workers in the Generation X age group are unhappy, overworked, and ready to change jobs, and 81 percent of all workers would consider leaving their current roles for the right offer.

Specialist recruitment group Hays US recently released a survey of 2,000 workforce professionals that included those in the construction, property and facilities management, sciences, oil and gas, and resources and mining fields, among others.

What Did It Find?

The Tampa-based company found that base salary isn’t driving employment choices like it used to, and many workers consider workplace culture, benefits and career growth heavily when deciding where to work.

According to the survey 71 percent of the respondent would take a pay cut for their ideal job, and 80 percent would take a contract position if it meant working in their ideal conditions.

While career growth is the biggest focus for Generation Y (or Millennials), a strong company came near the top of the list for every age group—and that’s a reference to more than co-worker happy hours and the occasional free lunch.

“Workers today expect more than just a paycheck from their jobs, and they are willing to compromise on base salary to find the right fit,” said Dan Rodriguez, Hays US president.

“We hear every day from candidates looking for a company culture that fits with their core values. Strong leadership, open communication, work-life balance and career development are only going to become more important for attraction and retention.”

Nearly half (47 percent) of respondents who said they were looking for a new job said that culture was the reason.

Generation X workers were cited as the most unhappy. Only 41 percent say they are happy in their current roles, with 51 percent saying they are experiencing high or very high workplace pressure. One-third say they are highly likely to consider leaving their current role.


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