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January 04, 2007
20 Percent of Workers Plan on Changing Jobs in 2007

Twenty percent of workers say they plan on changing jobs in 2007, many of them seeking jobs with better pay and opportunities for career advancement, according to a survey conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder.com.

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Forty-eight percent of workers planning to leave their current positions in the next 12 months said they are looking for a job with better pay and/or career advancement opportunities.

The survey, which included 6,169 workers and 2,627 hiring managers, also found that employers are struggling to find qualified labor and are implementing more recruitment efforts. Nearly half of employers said they plan to increase salaries on initial offers to new employees.

Other survey findings:

  • Thirty-three percent of workers are dissatisfied with their pay.
  • Thirty-five percent of workers said that they are dissatisfied with career advancement opportunities provided by their current employers. Eighty-five percent did not receive a promotion in 2006 and 26 percent felt they were overlooked.
  • Twenty-seven percent of workers are dissatisfied with work/life balance. Forty-five percent report their workloads have increased over the last six months.
  • Thirty-three percent of workers are dissatisfied with training and on-the-job learning opportunities provided by their current employers.
  • Sixty-eight percent of workers are satisfied with their jobs .

Workers said the most important attributes they look for when job hunting are:

  • Good career advancement opportunities (23 percent)
  • Company's stability and longevity in the market (23 percent)
  • Good work culture (20 percent)
  • Ability to offer flexible schedules (11 percent)

Three-fourths of workers said they will pay more attention to health benefits offered by employers than in the past.

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