Why Do Candidates Move Jobs?

Candidates Seeking a New Role

In the dynamic world of recruitment, understanding the reasons behind a candidate’s decision to seek a new role is critical. Not only does this knowledge assist in fine-tuning our recruitment strategies, but it also helps businesses in retaining talent. Today, we delve into the reasons why candidates decide to make a move.

Career Progression

Perhaps the most common reason. With ambitions high, many candidates seek positions that promise a clearer or faster progression path. They’re not just looking for a job; they’re seeking a career.

Seeking New Challenges

Once an employee feels they’ve reached the peak of their current role with no further challenges or learning opportunities, the urge to move becomes compelling. They seek roles that promise not only advancement but also diversified responsibilities.

Compensation and Benefits

A competitive salary, health benefits, flexible work hours, hybrid working, competitive holiday entitlement and other perks significantly influence a candidate’s decision. In an ever-evolving market, staying updated on industry-standard compensations is crucial.

Work Culture and Environment

A toxic work culture, lack of recognition, or limited work-life balance often leads candidates to explore new opportunities. Today’s top talent isn’t just looking for a salary; they seek a place where they feel valued and have a true sense of belonging.

Geographical Reasons

Relocation because of personal reasons or simply the allure of a new town, a new start can also have strong motivators.

Job Security

In uncertain economic times, the stability of a company or industry can be a concern. Candidates might migrate towards sectors or businesses that promise healthier security.

New Skill Utilisation

After undergoing training or gaining a new qualification, an employee might seek roles that offer the opportunity for them to use these new skills.

Key Takeaways for Employers

Regular Reviews: Conduct regular check-ins with employees to understand their career aspirations and concerns.

Competitive Compensation: Ensure your compensation packages are in line with, if not better than, industry standards.

Work Culture: Foster a positive, inclusive, and growth-oriented work environment.

Training & Development: Provide opportunities for skill enhancement and learning.

Understanding why candidates move can be the first step in ensuring that they stay. Whether you’re an employer looking to retain top talent or a candidate seeking the best fit, Debbie Burbage Recruitment is here to help.