Retention | The jobs with the shortest and longest tenure

The jobs with the shortest and longest tenure

Employee retention is a serious consideration for HR, yet new research has found that the average worker stays in a job role for just 28 months before moving on to a new opportunity.

The report, which was created by recruitment site Adzuna, analysed the data from 10,000 CVs to formulate evidence about the habits of British employees. According to the data, it takes around 28 months before an employee feels naturally ready to move on to a new opportunity.

Yet there are jobs in which the retention rates are drastically higher; Adzuna’s research found that the following ten industries promote longer stints by key employees:

  1. Enterprise Architect - 7 years and 6 months (Average salary: £80,669) 

  2. Machine Operator - 5 years and 8 months (£23,576)

  3. Shift Manager - 4 years and 4 months (£27,999)

  4. Team Leader and Director - 3 years and 9 months (£21,396, £45,405)

  5. Coach - 3 years and 7 months (£36,118)

  6. Cashier and Shop Manager - 3 years and 6 months (£23,610, £25,253)

  7. Social Care Worker - 3 years and 4 months (£29,804)

  8. Cleaner Casual and Chief Executive Officer - 3 years and 3 months (£16,247, £42,673)

  9. Office Manager - 3 years and 2 months (£33,025)

  10. Chief Marketing Officer - 3 years and 1 month (£46,712)

When attempting to retain staff, YouGov data has shown that the obvious routes to retention are good salaries and benefits; over a third of British workers are looking for a higher salary, whilst one in five state that benefits such as health care, childcare and increased holiday allowances could tempt them to stay in a role.

Of course, these have to be coupled with a sustainable working environment and a reasonable work-life balance. 31% of respondents claim that this is their key driver for finding a new job, whilst ten per cent stated that they would stay in a job if they were given a variety of new projects. A further 17% would stay in a role if they felt that bosses were passing on education.

And whilst the above jobs promote positive retention rates, workers find other roles simply unsustainable; the average time spent in a Medical Sales Representative role, for example, is just 11 months. A full list of the worst jobs for employee retention is as below:

  1. Medical Sales Representative - 11 months (Average salary: £37,339)

  2. Marketing Assistant - 1 year and 1 month (£28,255)

  3. Full Stack Developer - 1 year and 2 months (£55,575)

  4. Teaching Assistant, Social Worker and Researcher - 1 year and 3 months (£19,200, £43,335, £38,584)

  5. General Assistant and Construction Engineer - 1 year and 4 months (£23,767, £41,173)

  6. e-Commerce Business Analyst, Analyst, Waiter/Waitress, Ambassador, Customer Service - 1 year and 5 months (£50,770, £42,651, £23,324, £26,971, £20,524)

  7. Executive - 1 year  and 6 months (£37,754)

  8. Test Engineer, Graphic Designer, Receptionist, Kitchen Porter, Tutor, Personal Assistant - 1 year 7 months (£42,348, £33,177, £22,757, £18,889, £49,581, £22,635)

  9. Secretary, Healthcare Assistant, Accountant, Accounting Assistant, Barperson, Web Developer, Sous Chef - 1 year and 8 months (£30,118, £27,068, £37,974, £28,896, £21,500, £44,512, £25,911)

  10. Customer Assistant, Sales Adviser, Research Associate, Programme Manager, Office Administrator - 1 year and 9 months (£23,130, £26,400, £38,538, £45,799, £23,623)

“Sometimes life can get in the way and changes in circumstance can inevitably force people to move on quicker than expected, but this data gives job hunters a good outline of the roles that have the most longevity,” said Andrew Hunter, Co-Founder of Adzuna.

“In terms of what employers can do to create the best possible working environment for staff, it’s clear from what YouGov can show us that while monetary benefits can help, it’s opportunities for development and progression, as well as a good work/life balance that make people more inclined to stick around.”

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