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New Year, new job: January is officially the nation’s favourite time to change job roles

Employees are most likely to think about changing jobs in January reports Glassdoor

Employees are most likely to think about changing jobs in January, with almost one in five citing this as the most popular month to make a move, a Glassdoor survey has revealed.

Low salary was the top reason employees left a job, cited by more than one in three (35 percent) respondents. Needing a new challenge was named by 23 percent, while 22 percent stated their work was too boring to consider staying.

Almost one in 10 (nine percent) said that negative relationships with colleagues was a reason for resignation during their career. This figure increases for younger workers; 18 percent of 16 to 24-year-olds reported this as a reason for leaving a previous employer.

Sixteen percent of men said that they had left a company due to the company culture, compared to 11 percent of women. Women were more likely to leave a role in which they did not approve of their line manager, chosen by 19 percent of women and 17 percent of men. Females were also keener to take on new challenges, with a quarter looking for new experiences compared to 22 percent of males.

Glassdoor career and workplace expert Jon Ingham said that understanding what causes employees to leave a company is beneficial to both the jobseeker and the employer. “For jobseekers, this survey offers an important reminder to research a company before applying or accepting a job offer to understand what keeps current and even former employees satisfied and what would or did cause them to resign.

‘For employers, understanding reasons for resignation across the country – at competitors and within your own company – can help in evaluating and improving recruiting and retention efforts,” he added.

Top five reasons for leaving a job:

Low salary – 35%

I’d been there a long time and needed a new challenge – 23%

The work was boring – 22%

Job location/length of commute – 20%

I didn’t approve of my boss/line manager – 18%

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