Robust labor market: Employees are becoming more and more willing to change jobs

Robust labor market
Employees are becoming more and more willing to change jobs

The corona pandemic has made many employees aware of the stresses of their own job – especially in systemically important professions. The result: according to a survey, many are looking for new jobs. The chances on the job market are good.

Three years after the first corona lockdown in Germany, the willingness of employees to change jobs has increased further. According to a survey, only around 55 percent of those questioned agreed with the statement that they intended to be employed by the same employer in a year’s time. This emerges from the latest survey by the consulting firm Gallup. In 2019, this proportion was still almost 75 percent. In the first two Corona years from 2020, it then fell significantly to around 60 percent. Gallup has reported declining employee engagement and manager dissatisfaction for many years.

In the opinion of the Verdi union, the increasing willingness to change could also be related to the stresses that became particularly visible during the pandemic, especially in systemically important professions such as nursing or in the rescue service. “The certainty of working in a job that is not very questioned and that has certain requirements has been shaken by the permanent working at the limit,” said Christian Wille from the Innovation and Good Work department at the union.

Surveys in the emergency services, for example, have shown that 58 percent of employees assume that they will be able to do this job and this profession for a maximum of ten years due to the increasing workload. 25 percent even reckoned with only five years.

The Nuremberg Institute for Labor Market and Occupational Research (IAB) also sees the after-effects of the pandemic on the labor market – for better or for worse. Digitization got a boost, a spokesman said on request. At the same time, however, the rifts between companies that are very advanced in this area and those that are lagging behind have widened.

“Good time” to find new job

“The willingness to change is constantly increasing,” says Gallup based on its own survey. This is also helped by the fact that there is currently a particularly high level of confidence in finding something new quickly. More than 80 percent of workers polled by Gallup think now is a “good time” to find a job. This is the highest value since at least 2009. In the first year of the Corona crisis, only a little more than a third rated their chances on the job market as high.

Despite the Corona crisis and the consequences of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, the German labor market has proven to be extremely robust in recent years. In addition, there is currently hardly an industry that is not desperately looking for staff and skilled workers.

Gallup partner Pa Sinyan said that companies should therefore do more to attract employees – both to future ones and to those who are already there. “Companies that do not take targeted countermeasures now will start to skid and thus endanger their competitiveness in the long term,” it said.

According to the survey, there is a need to catch up, especially among managers. According to the survey, almost 40 percent of employees are not at all or only moderately satisfied with their bosses. “The data suggests that there is significant potential for leaders to lead employees to do better jobs and get motivated to work,” Gallup said. However, the survey does not become more specific.

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