- Generation Z (44%) respondents were found to be the most likely to change jobs this year
- Boomers (29%) are least likely to make the move
- Almost a quarter (23%) of office workers surveyed changed their place of employment last year
- Respect (72%), trust (61%) and teamwork (60%) are most important company values people look for when assessing potential employers
- More than a fifth (21%) of respondents disagree their organisation is good at attracting staff
Dublin, 25th March 2022 – I.T. Alliance, an Auxilion company, which provides managed I.T. and resourcing services, today announces the results of a survey* which reveals that over one third of Irish office workers (37%1) plan on changing jobs this year.
The survey – conducted by Censuswide and involving around 1,000 office workers in Ireland – found that Generation Z respondents are most likely to change roles this year, with 44%2 planning to do so. Millennials (38%3) are second most likely to change roles, followed by over a third (35%4) of Generation X. Meanwhile, Boomers (29%5) are least likely to make the move.
The findings also show that almost a quarter (23%) of respondents changed jobs last year and some 63% would like to retrain in a new profession if there were no barriers like money or family commitments.
When assessing potential employers, office workers said respect (72%) is the most important company value they search for, followed by trust (61%) and teamwork (60%).
In terms of their own organisation, the research revealed that more than a fifth (21%6) of respondents disagree their organisation is good at attracting staff.
Getting it right with recruitment agencies
The survey shows that to secure their next role, almost a third (32%) of office workers plan on using a recruitment agency and 47% believe their employer should use a recruitment agency for vacancies in the future.
Of those surveyed, almost half (49%) think companies that use recruitment agencies have an advantage at attracting the best candidates and some 41% think they are better able to select the right colleague for a role, as opposed to their own organisation.
As for experiences with recruitment agencies, 53% of office workers polled have used one before. The main benefits were cited as access to unadvertised roles (49%), specialist knowledge (41%) and contacts (40%).
Tom Moxon, Head of Resourcing Services at I.T. Alliance, said: “COVID-19 brought about unprecedented change – the recruitment landscape was no exception. As things settle back to some form of normality and the future of working takes shape, people are reassessing their careers and won’t hesitate to make the move for better opportunities.
“However, there is also a clear desire among office workers to find the right role and the right company, one that shares their values and meets their expectations. In turn, it’s crucial that companies position themselves to attract the best talent and ensure they have the capabilities and bandwidth to both effectively and expediently manage the candidate experience – agility is key.
“As with other areas of business and life, neither workers nor companies should be afraid of engaging a specialist who knows the sector, has the contacts and can invest resources in matching the right person with the right role, project or organisation. Failing to do so could mean missing out on the next great opportunity or the best talent.”
*About the survey
All statistics relate to the office workers/respondents who completed this survey. Research was conducted by Censuswide between 19.01.2022 and 26.01.2022. The survey reached 1,001 Office workers in the Republic of Ireland. Censuswide abides by and employs members of the Market Research Society which is based on the ESOMAR principles.
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