New research has revealed that almost half of all employees will be looking for a new position in the New Year

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As many as 16 million people could be looking for a new job in 2017, as new research from Canada Life Group Insurance reveals half (50%) of employees will be looking for a new job in the New Year. Younger workers aged 25-34 are most likely, with two thirds (67%) looking to switch jobs in 2017.

Better pay is the most common reason for considering a new position, with more than half (54%) of employees looking for a new job next year hoping to receive more money. Meanwhile, one in four (24%) want a change in career direction, while the same proportion (24%) are seeking better career prospects.


External factors have also played a role as more than one in five (21%) say their decision to move jobs was influenced by low returns on savings, while 20% also say the rise in inflation has contributed to their decision.

Although there is considerable appetite among staff for a fresh start, a third (33%) of those looking to move believe the vote for Brexit will make it harder to find a new job. Only 13% believe the referendum result will make it easier to find work, flagging future concerns about the jobs market.

However, employees seeking a new job could be incentivised to stay. In a positive sign for employers, nearly half (46%) of staff looking to move admit they could be incentivised to remain in their current role, rising to 62% of 25-34s. Improved pay is the most effective way to convince someone to stay, with 57% of employees looking to change jobs saying they could be retained in this way. This represents a huge opportunity for employers, who face costs of more than £28,000 in recruitment fees and lost productivity when hiring replacement staff. Reassessing an employee’s pay packet or benefit offering could incentivise them to stay for a fraction of the cost.

Flexible working is also a benefit that could convince workers to remain at a company: excluding better pay, three fifths (60%) of those looking to move would be tempted to stay in their current roles if they were offered this.

Additionally, over two fifths (44%) of those looking to move are unhappy with their current benefit provision, presenting a key opportunity for employers who want to improve staff retention. Among those unhappy with their current benefit provision, three quarters (74%) agree it plays a role in their decision to look for a new job, with 29% claiming it plays a major role. Poor benefit provision and lack of communication surrounding benefits also hinders staff retention. Nearly a quarter (24%) of people looking to switch roles receive no employee benefits, while a similar proportion (27%) has never had their employee benefits communicated to them.

Paul Avis, marketing director of Canada Life Group, comments: “The start of the New Year acts a natural prompt for many employees to consider their futures. Employers must be aware that members of their workforce could be tempted to head for the door, although offering the right benefits package can help prevent organisations from losing valuable staff. With the cost of replacing each employee pegged at more than £28,000, it is far more cost-effective to offer an improved benefits package and keep the talent you have already invested in. 

“It’s time for employers to recognise that employee benefits – and crucially, effectively communicating their availability – are effective retention tools in the war for talent. Products like group income protection and group critical illness cover demonstrate to staff that their employer values their wellbeing and cares about their financial security, making them more inclined to stay.'