Workers Waiting for Opportunity to Jump Ship

March 17, 2011 ( - A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Plateau Systems reveals that despite high job satisfaction, a wide majority of workers would consider a new job opportunity.

A press release said the survey indicates that most workers are satisfied or very satisfied with their current employment, and only about a quarter have an updated profile or resume on a job board or networking site like LinkedIn or Monster. Despite this, there is a large “silent majority” of passive job seekers who would consider a new job or career opportunity if approached, even if they’re not actively looking (74%).  

The percentage is even higher among college graduates (77%) and those with a household income of more than $75,000 a year (76%), according to the announcement.  

The survey further reveals that the desire for higher salary (57%), general change (31%), and the lack of adequate career and/or advancement opportunities (29%) are the top three reasons workers are actively and passively job hunting, with active job seekers citing career and advancement opportunities as the number one reason for looking.   

An executive summary and infographic of the findings are available at