Better work-life balance drives people to change jobs

Around a third (30%) of respondents believe that improved work-life balance is the primary reason someone may change their job, according to research from recruitment firm Robert Half UK.

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The annual study, which surveyed 200 HR directors, also revealed that 27% perceive higher remuneration, including salary, bonus and employee benefits, as the main motivation for people to switch jobs.

The research also found:

  • 29% of respondents believe career advancement is the primary reason someone may change their job, rising to 40% in London.
  • 6% believe the search for a better corporate culture is the most likely reason someone might want to move jobs.
  • Respondents based in Scotland (38%) and Northern England (28%) lead the charge for more flexible working.

Phil Sheridan, UK managing director, Robert Half, said: “As businesses look to grow, retaining top performers should be on the forefront of the agenda.

“Employers should regularly benchmark the remuneration and benefits offered to existing staff to ensure they are competitive alongside firms in similar industries and regions.

“For the majority of employees, a strong work life balance is an important aspect of their overall remuneration package, however, employers should make an effort to check in with key players to seek out their individual motivations.”