Two-Thirds of Employees Want to Change Job Says New Research

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New research shows that 66 percent of employees go to work wishing they were in a different job. More than 2,800 employees were polled by SWNS on behalf of online learning provider, SkillSoft.

Fifty nine percent of employees confess to checking job listings and job Websites while at work and 19 percent have their details registered with a recruitment agency, headhunter or online job service. Forty one percent already have an up-to-date CV ready to go.

Worryingly for employers, almost a third of those interviewed claim to have no loyalty towards the organisation they work for. In fact, the chances are that employees will be moving on sooner rather than later. Twenty six percent plan to stay in their current job for less than 12 months, with a further 24 percent saying they will leave their existing employer within one to two years.

When probed as to the reasons for this the top answers were:

"I don’t earn enough money."    (23 per cent)

"I’m bored with my job."        (19 per cent)

"The work I do isn’t appreciated."    (18 per cent)

"The job doesn’t use my talents and skills." (16 per cent)

Under-use of competencies was a recurring theme in the survey. When asked directly whether they felt they were making the most of their talents and skills, almost three-quarters of those surveyed said "no." And when asked if they thought their employer recognised their potential, 81 percent said that they didn’t.

Commenting on the findings, Kevin Young, General Manager of SkillSoft, EMEA, said, "It’s disturbing to see that half of those employees interviewed are only planning to stay in their current roles for a maximum of two years. These findings will disappoint those responsible for recruitment and retention." He adds, "To help counteract this, organisations must ensure that their managers are more effective and that their employees feel appreciated and valued. This reinforces the widespread need for ongoing training in management and communication skills."

However, it’s not all bad news; more than half of those surveyed would welcome the opportunity to improve their potential and increase their skills if given the opportunity.

And encouragingly for any employers concerned about the recent age legislation, the survey also revealed that employees become more content at work as they get older, with 26 percent of people in their 40s saying they are happy in their work compared to just 14 percent of those aged 22-25.

Despite the dissatisfaction expressed by their subordinates, 82 percent of those who work in management say they are happy in their work; with one quarter saying they would never consider looking for a new job.

Top 10 reasons for unhappiness at work:

1.    I don’t earn enough money

2.    I’m bored with my job

3.    The work I do isn’t appreciated

4.    The job doesn’t use my talents and skills

5.    I don’t like my manager/I don’t like the organisation I work for

6.    The company isn’t investing in me by providing proper training

7.    I don’t have a satisfactory work/life balance

8.    The hours are too long

9.    I haven’t been given a promotion in ages

10.    I don’t like my colleagues

Issued on behalf of SkillSoft by Louise Jaggs at TextOnTap

t: +44(0)1242 257770 m: +44(0)7712 011246

Notes to editors

A pdf of the management summary is available via the EMEA section of or by emailing.

Methodology: In excess of 2,800 people were interviewed online by SWNS during June and July 2006. An analysis of the findings for specific job functions is available for the respondents who work in the following disciplines:

Sales & Marketing (12 per cent of the total sample – around 340 respondents)

IT (11 per cent of the total sample – around 308 respondents)

Human Resources    (5 per cent of the total sample – around 140 respondents)

Comparative analyses are available for:

Management roles vs. non-management roles

Public Sector vs. Private Sector

About SkillSoft –

SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) is a leading provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses. SkillSoft enables companies to maximise business performance through a combination of comprehensive e-learning content, online information resources, flexible learning technologies and support services.

Content offerings include business, IT, desktop and compliance courseware collections, as well as complementary content assets such as SkillSim™ simulations, KnowledgeCenter™ portals and online mentoring services. The Books24x7® division offers online access to more than 10,000 unabridged IT and business books in its Referenceware® collections, as well as book summaries, executive reports and best practices. Technology offerings include the SkillPort® learning management system, Search-and-Learn®, SkillSoft® Dialogue™ virtual classroom, SkillView® competency management software and the Enterprise Learning Connection Suite™, a set of platform-neutral modules that can be used to create learning programs tailored to business needs.

SkillSoft, the SkillSoft logo, Ahead of the Learning Curve, SkillPort, Search-and-Learn, SkillChoice, Books24x7, Referenceware® , ITPro, BusinessPro, OfficeEssentials, GovEssentials, EngineeringPro, FinancePro, ExecSummaries, ExecBlueprints, Express Guide and Dialogue are trademarks or registered trademarks of SkillSoft PLC in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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