A new survey from Aon consulting concludes that the UK workforce is the second most dissatisfied in Europe – superseded only by the Irish. Apparently, 47 per cent of UK employees plan to look for a new job by the end of the year. Considering the job insecurity around this is a damning indictment of British companies and the quality of management. It is hardly surprising therefore that more and more people are exploring the portfolio careers option and self employment where all of your career eggs are not in one vulnerable basket.
Job satisfaction was highest in Holland and Belgium, where only 17.4 per cent and 17.5 per cent respectively reported they would start job-hunting this year. The survey found that employees aged between 18 and 24-year-olds were most likely to seek a move (53 per cent). The Gen Y’s will not put up with the crappy workplaces that so many of us have lived with for years. Progressive companies are realising this and are pioneering flexible work practices, ongoing learning opportunities and work life blend policies.