60% of Workers Plan to Seek Other Employment this Year

January 4, 2007 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Sixty-percent of employees plan to look for new jobs this year, but traditional reasons like higher pay or greater flexibility did not rank at the top of the list, according to a recent survey.

According to a Job.com press release, its survey of 5,173 visitors to its Web site found only 28% of the respondents said the reason for scouting for a new job was wanting a higher salary. Other reasons respondents gave included:

  • Improved working conditions – 17%,
  • Health care benefits – 13%, and
  • Wanting a promotion, disliking their commute, or disliking their boss – 4%.

The most cited reason for wanting a new job was “other,” chosen by 35% of respondents.

Other surveys have found not quite as many workers were planning to switch jobs in the new year (See Survey: 20% of Workers Plan to Flee Jobs in 2007and Survey Finds Half of Workers Ready for Job Change ).