Edinburgh workers most likely to look for new job in 2016

It's dark, it's cold, you've spent too much over the festive period and it's now time to go back to work.
Many people are looking for a fresh challenge in the new year.Many people are looking for a fresh challenge in the new year.
Many people are looking for a fresh challenge in the new year.

As January gets into full swing and Christmas trees are dumped on the kerb many workers start to think about seeking new employment opportunities, nowhere more so than Edinburgh.

A new survey has found that in the capital employees are the most likely to look for a new job in 2016 than anywhere else in the UK with 38 per cent looking for a change.

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The research, by corporate hospitality firm Red Letter Days, shows a third of UK employees will be on the hunt for a new job in 2016 because they are bored at work.

Half of the 2,006 UK employees confirmed they are considering new job prospects in the new year with 23 per cent of employees said ‘yes’ they definitely want to make a move while 26 per cent said they’re not sure yet but are thinking about it.

In Edinburgh the top three reasons given for looking for a new job were:

- Don’t feel hard work is recognised (45 per cent)

- Are bored in their current role (40 per cent)

- Want a career change (35 per cent)

- Young adults are most likely to change jobs next year, with 42 per cent of 24 to 35-year-olds saying ‘yes’ they will definitely look for another job. Most of this group said for a pay rise (63 per cent) and to better their career (63 per cent). A third (31 per cent) said it’s because they’re bored in their current role, and a fifth (20 per cent) said they don’t feel hard work is recognised.

The age groups least likely to part from their employer are 18 to 24 (17 per cent said yes) and 45 to 54-year-olds (18 per cent said yes).

Men are more likely to look for new jobs as they don’t like their colleagues (13 per cent versus 5 per cent of women).

Bill Alexander, chief executive at Red Letter Days for Business, said: “A quarter of employees are not sure yet whether they will look for a new job, so there’s still time for employers to make amends to retain the talent within this group. Businesses need to be aware that a third of UK employees are bored at work. Retaining talent could be as simple as giving people something more challenging to do.”

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