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Over one quarter of British Workers Considering Career Change

In a time when Brexit could putting a lot of industries at risk as a result of foreign nationals moving back to their primary country, British employees could further threaten the success of companies by switching careers. According to a recent independent poll commissioned by the Oxford Open Learning Trust, the UK is set for an unprecedented change in employment with over a quarter of British workers (28%) considering a career change in the next 10 years.

The YouGov survey which was taken on over 2,000 British adults found that money could be a big motivator for this change, with nearly 11% considering a move in the next year. Aside from this, many workers stated better working hours, their employer’s location and personal interests as key determiners for wanting to move on.

It’s often said that a change is as good as a rest, and this is clearly in the mind set of many employees across the country. Such is the determination to move professions that nearly 3 in 5 (58%) would consider training/retraining for a new career. Whilst for some this may create unnecessary student debt, the survey shows that changing careers seems to pay off with over a third of workers polled (34%) stating that a move had dramatically increased their wage.

Nearly 1 in 20 (6%) went further by saying that their salary had leaped by at least £10,000 after the first year of moving jobs. Whilst we all know that money isn’t everything, employees from across the country seem to think otherwise.

Aside from the prospect of earning more, working hours were considered as the second biggest deciding factor when choosing a new position (57%), followed by location (49%) and personal circumstances (48%). Job status and the opinion of family members were generally considered to be the least important reasons when moving careers with only 8% and 10% choosing these options.

If you’re considering moving careers and would like to know more about how you can switch into a new industry, please email info@rec-solutions.net or call 0330 111 5353.

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