A survey of 2,000 people recently conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has shown that nearly 25% of the UK’s workforce are looking for new career opportunities as a result of a lack of personal development in their current roles.
The CIPD’s survey revealed that job satisfaction in the UK is at its lowest level in more than two years as workers expressed their dissatisfaction with a lack of advancement with their current employer and exhaustion at the end of the working day. The CIPD was clear in stating that these were the main issues which led to a lack of job satisfaction, rather than salary levels.
More than a third of the survey’s respondents shared that they had no expectations of progressing with their respective companies, stating that they were unlikely to fulfil their career aspirations in their current position. Claire McCartney, Research Advisor for the CIPD, said:
“Today’s research shows that our approaches to job design and career management have not kept pace with the rapidly changing world of work or with employee expectations. Although many organisations are flatter in structure and have adopted matrix ways of working, this can mean routes for career progression are not as clear. Employers need to think of new ways to keep their employees engaged and committed.”
Contractors who are feeling the same way about their current positions are likely to find themselves in a favourable situation if they do choose to change from their current position, as recent reports from the REC have highlighted that contractors are in more demand this year than in 2015, a result of the ongoing growth within the contracting market and skill shortages affecting a number of sectors.
Multiple advancements within key industries are also contributing to a rise in opportunities for contractors, including nuclear new build projects across the UK, the growth of the “Internet of Things” and smart devices within the oil & gas industry and the strong demand for big Data, VR, cloud computing and security skills within the IT industry.
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