The Great Resignation

Research by recruitment agency Randstad UK suggests a significant proportion of the UK workforce feel ready and able to change jobs in the next few months.

The survey of over 6,000 adults found that 69% of employees feel confident to move to a new role, while only 16% would be worried about trying to do so. The study also found that 24% of employees are actively planning to shift jobs in the next three to six months.

This situation partly reflects strong demand for workers and soaring levels of job vacancies, but is also a consequence of the pandemic, which has seen some workers stuck in roles they don’t want for the past 18 months. These two factors mean many employees now want, and feel able, to move jobs.    

Randstad UK CEO Victoria Short commented, “The Great Resignation is here. The pandemic has changed how some people think about life, work and what they want out of both. It’s made people step back and rethink their lives. COVID has reminded them that life is too short and the number of vacancies means that not only do they want to change one of the key aspects of their life their jobs they can.”