Fifty-seven percent of workers laid off in the last six months have been re-hired by their former employer who laid them off from their jobs, the survey found. Seven-in-ten (71%) workers who were laid off in the last six months and have not found jobs said they would be willing to work for their former employer, but 22% of these workers indicated that they would only do so if their employer offered them more money.
Speaking of money, nearly 40% of workers who were laid off in the last three months and found new jobs reported they were able to negotiate comparable or higher pay for their new position, while 61% took a pay cut, according to a CareerBuilder press release.
Sixty-four percent of workers who were laid off in the last six months and landed new jobs said they found work in a different field than where they were previously employed, and more than half of them (55%) indicated they really enjoy their new positions. More than four-in-ten (46%) workers who were laid off in the last six months and found jobs relocated. The vast majority (93%) moved to another city versus another state.
Of those laid off in the last six months and still looking for employment, 42% reported they would consider relocating for a job opportunity.
Despite any compromises in salary or location, the majority of laid-off workers (63%) who found new jobs in the last six months plan to stay with their current employers when the economy turns around. Thirty-seven percent plan to change employers once market conditions improve.
Thirty-two percent of workers who were laid off in the last six months and have not found jobs are considering starting their own businesses.The survey was conducted nationwide among more than 900 workers who were laid off within the last 12 months.