RWR Group Release: Australians Are More Ambitious Than We Think

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Career Progression #1 reason for job change. Leading Australian recruitment group reveals top influencers for changing roles.

It seems Australians are far more ambitious than we like to admit with 74.1% job seekers confessing their number one reason for changing job is to chase career progression opportunities.

Salary is also a key motivator according to the latest Retailworld resourcing survey of job seekers and CEO John Caldwell says there are some key lessons for employers looking to improve staff retention.

“Almost 69% of people surveyed indicated frustration with existing management played a major role in their decision to move on,” Mr Caldwell said.

“While a better career path and more money were, perhaps not surprisingly, the major pull, Australians also ranked a better work life balance and more fulfilment as major influencers on their decision.”

“Somewhat surprisingly, bonus and add ons such as overtime, incentives, annual leave and the like weren’t considered to be major factors – perhaps because those “add ons” aren’t as common as they once may have been.”

“Agreeing and mapping out a career path with key employees remains a worthwhile investment while it’s also important to acknowledge the impact a poor manager can have on staff morale and more importantly turnover. Our survey shows that the majority of Australians would rather change jobs than deal with a bad manager.”

The results are based on a survey sample of 555 and was conducted in May.

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