Grass appears greener for job seekers

5 May 2011
The royal wedding may be over, but its ability to provide a tenuous connection to seemingly unrelated matters continues. According to staffbay, there has been a 400 per cent rise in the number of people looking for a new job after the wedding and the unexpected good weather. “It seems all play and no work has given people more time for career reflection or maybe they are just looking for a package that offers more paid annual leave!” said founder Tony Wilmot. 

“During periods when we get more time off work, such as during the unprecedented bank holiday period in April, we are given time to reflect on our careers and the back to work blues hits us stronger than at any other time. This spurs us on to make changes in our careers and apply for new jobs.”It comes after the publication of a global study by Deloitte that warned companies “may risk losing the hearts and minds of employees”. Some 65 per cent of employees stated a desire to leave their current role, although 53 per cent of these could be convinced to stay if offered the chance of promotion or advancement. Women were found to be more actively seeking a change than men. Lack of career paths, leadership development, trust in leadership and inadequate training were all cited as influencing factors. The study also warned companies that social media is changing the balance of power in the recruitment market. Job seekers have more opportunities to promote themselves and network with organisations looking for new talent – there is “cheap access to a seemingly limitless talent pool”.
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