Most Aussies want to Quit their Job

Most Aussies want to Quit their Job

Most Aussies want to quit their job

82 per cent of Aussies want new job

Men want more flexibility in workplace

Job satisfaction is at a new low

HATE your job? You’re not alone. The Aussie workplace has become a revolving door in overdrive with most people wanting to quit.

Job dissatisfaction has hit a record high, with more than 80 per cent of workers considering changing jobs during the past twelve months – the highest level in three years.

And in a surprise turnaround, men want as much flexibility from their workplace as women.

Longer hours, inadequate resources and reluctance by organisations to increase salaries are factors driving workers to hand in their resignation, according to a survey.

After staying put during the financial downturn, more than 700,000 Australians are dissatisfied with their roles, with men less content than women.

Eighty-two percent of Australian workers are open to a making a move while 37 per cent are actively pursuing new roles.

Workers in Queensland are the most disgruntled with 47 per cent actively searching for a new job.

Job satisfaction in New South Wales slipped from 57 per cent in 2010 to 51 per cent in 2011 with 37 per cent of workers considering quitting.

But not everyone wants to tell the boss to shove their job. In Victoria job contentment increased 2 per cent to 56 per cent in the 12 months. However, it was the only state or territory where job satisfaction has improved.

The intense focus being placed on profit by organisations in the post GFC environment is taking its toll on worker satisfaction and loyalty, CareerOne’s National Sales Director Dawn Tingwell says.

“In addition, with interest rates and the cost of living on the increase, we are seeing a strong correlation between financial stress and increased job hunter activity,” he says.

“Australian workers are less satisfied with their jobs across all the measures used in the research not only compared to last year but even since 2008.

“This is particularly true of clerical, administration and sales workers and evident across a broad range of industries from advertising, education, hospitality, logistics, marketing and property.”

Women are traditionally more active in pursuing new roles, however 54 per cent of workers on the move in the past year were men, the research shows.

“For the first time in the history of our four-year research we are seeing flexibility become a unisex desire among job hunters, including highly educated and qualified men,” Ms Tingwell says.

The research identified seven types of job hunters: Personal Ambition, Recognise Me, Rewarding Challenge, Flexibility, Contented, Supportive Environment and Drifters.

The highest degree of job hunting activity was within the Personal Ambition segment which is skewed towards white-collar male workers who comprise 10 per cent of the Australian workforce

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