Half of Workers Open to or Actively Seeking New Job, Creating ‘New Reality' for HR Pros

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By Caryn Freeman  

Feb. 10 - About half of employees are either actively seeking a new job or are open to one, according to a survey released Feb. 6 by Jobvite.

The long-term trend of regular job-hopping is accelerating, the San Mateo, Calif.-based recruiting software company said in its “2014 Job Seeker Nation Study,” which found that 51 percent of employees are seeking new work or would accept a new job. Over one-third of employees (35 percent) reported that they change jobs at least every five years, and 18 percent reported changing jobs every six to 10 years. Just under half (47 percent) of employees said that they would stay with their company for 10 years or more.

The survey featured responses from 2,135 adults, 1,303 of whom were participants in the U.S. labor force.

“HR departments need to focus on ways to work with this new reality,” Dan Finnigan, president and CEO of Jobvite, told Bloomberg BNA Feb. 10. “Companies should think of themselves almost like universities in the sense of the four-year timeline, as employees will expect to gain new skills and then move on to the next opportunity that will further their career trajectory.”

Employment Via Facebook, Referrals

Some three quarters (76 percent) of social job seekers--which the survey defined as younger, more highly educated and more likely to be employed full-time--found their current position through Facebook, Jobvite said.

But the survey also found that four in 10 job seekers report finding their “favorite or best” job through personal connections. This jibes with recruiter preferences, as Jobvite found that recruiters rate referrals as the highest quality source of hires, followed by social networks and their own corporate career site.

According to the survey, the number of job seekers who expect to be able to apply for a job from their mobile device is growing. Over one-quarter (27 percent) expect to be able to apply for a job from their mobile device, and 37 percent of younger job seekers expect career websites to be optimized for mobile devices, the survey said.


To contact the reporter on this story: Caryn Freeman in Washington at cfreeman@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Simon Nadel at snadel@bna.com