What is the number one reason your employees are leaving?

What is the number one reason your employees are leaving?

Salary is the number one reason why employees change jobs, according to research from Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites.

The survey of 750 hiring decision makers (defined as those in recruitment, HR and responsible for hiring) in the U.S. and UK, found that nearly half (45%) think that salary is the top reason for employees changing jobs.

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Comments (2)

  • Sir
    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 8:56am GMT
    I would question this. People rarely change jobs to one that pays a lower salary, and so it's easy think that this is the primary driver. I would suggest that this is just the 'permissive' factor that made them accept when offered. If the job offered had paid less than they currently earned an acceptance is unlikely.
    Furthermore, leavers may give this as the espoused reason for leaving because :-
    a) it's credible - especially as the next role is likely to be paying more.
    b) it avoids having a more uncomfortable conversation about the possible "push" drivers that led them to start looking in the first place.
    There is also the insidious motive for those in the recruitment industry (and associated fields) to promote salary as a main issue in an attempt to push up their own earnings. (Commission on a higher salary is greater than on a lower one - thereby improving earnings in their own role.)
  • Sharon Kennedy
    Sharon Kennedy
    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:57am GMT
    Whilst I understand and accept that salary and career progress and self development are key drivers for employees/people in their employment and this is an expectation and requirement from candidates, ultimately they entertain and therefore accept new roles in the terms and information you describe. They are sold a story, an opportunity, a purpose and a vision for them and the organisation in many cases. So is the issue and therefore question really, what are employers doing to retain their staff, keep them motivated, challenged and productive in a healthy way that leads to career progression and an increased salary, performance bonus, better balance in work and life or whatever the individual wants and needs may be. They are all different for a variety of reasons not least life stage. Sense of belonging and great culture being just two! Recognition and appreciation also (all things being equal) make a huge difference to whether someone stays or goes.


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