According to a recent survey, half of UK employess want to change their jobs, but take two years to work up the courage to actually do so.

UK employees say they are unhappy with their current roles as they aren’t paid enough and want more money (32%), they are looking for a new challenge (21%), they are bored (18%) and are lacking career progression (16%). However, 79% admit to languishing in a job they wanted to leave for up to two years due to a lack of confidence (15%), lack of time (14%) and a fear they don’t have enough experience (14%).

Interestingly, almost a third (32%) would be more likely to make the jump if the application process was easier and more streamlined

Although they are unhappy, many people languish in jobs far beyond the point they’ve decided to move with 7% waiting over four years to quit their jobs. Those who hung on in jobs they no longer enjoyed said they did so because they liked their team too much (16%), lack confidence (15%), don’t have enough time (14%) and a fear they don’t have enough experience (14%).

The research revealed a difference in the experiences of men and women when considering leaving a full time job. Women are more likely to want leave a job due to a lack of flexibility in the role and a stalling career progression.

And when it comes to making the jump to a new role, women say they are more worried than men about interviewing and joining a new team, and are more likely to question whether they have enough experience to successfully apply. A fifth of women state they don’t feel confident enough to apply for a new job, verses only 9% of men. Men however, see the time consuming process of applying for a new job (12%) are more of a barrier.

Overall, a third (32%) of UK employees said they would find applying for jobs easier if the process was more streamlined. A quarter would prefer to only upload their CV once and would ideally like to apply for a job as easily as swiping right on a dating app !.

There is no doubt that moving jobs, or any change, is hard. It can be stressful, time consuming and working up the confidence to put yourself out there can be challenging. But the benefits of moving outweigh languishing in a role that isn’t fulfilling you – from the potential for more pay, greater chance at career progression and even improved mental health. Time should never been the reason you don’t take the plunge to revitalise your career.  If you are considering a change in career and are unsure where to start, please give us a call for a confidential chat.