The confidence from candidates in the job market is increasing, with 61% of employees saying that they are planning to move jobs in the next 12 months, according to a report from recruiter Hays.
The latest UK Salary and Recruiting Trends report from the firm surveyed over 10,000 employers and employees about their hiring and job intentions. Alongside the 61% planning to move within the next year, 38% said that they planned to move within the next six months.
The main reasons that employees said they were moving for included: wanting a bigger salary (27%) and future opportunities (26%). However, only 29% of those surveyed had actually asked their employer for a pay rise.
As part of the report, 70% of employers are planning to increase staff numbers in the next year, with 62% of organisations planning to hire more permanent staff and 33% expecting to hire more temporary, contract or interim workers.
Nigel Heap, Hays MD, said “Candidate confidence in the market has increased in the last six months and this will cause headaches for employers who are looking to increase their headcount,”
He added that shortages of skills, with 33% of employers reported having trouble finding the skills they need, will make organisations compete fiercely for the talent they need. The top skills employers are searching for are managerial roles (57%), operations and technical (45%) and IT and digital (33%).
The average salaries have remained restrained over the past year, with average increases of 1.8%. However certain industries where skills shortages are rife, like construction and IT, have enjoyed double digit growth.
The data found 60% of employers are planning to increase pay in the next 12 months.