More than 4 in 10 Canadians plan to change jobs by end of year

31 July 2023 1 min. read
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Forty-one percent of Canadians are already looking or plan to look for a new job before the end of the year, according to a recent survey from Robert Half. The recruitment and HR consultancy polled more than 1,140 Canadian professionals in May.

Though a decrease from the 50% planning to switch jobs in a previous Robert Half survey from October/November 2022, the new figures still reflect strong job optimism in the workforce.

The groups most likely to make a career move in the next six months are Gen Zs (64%), employees with 2-4 years at their company (56%), and working parents (51%).

Thirty-one percent of professionals said they were interested in contract roles in the future.

More than 4 in 10 Canadians plan to change jobs by end of year

The top motivations for finding a new job were a higher salary (55%), better benefits (28%), and remote work options (26%). These were also the top factors for evaluating job postings.

Job searchers don’t want to be strung along in a long and inefficient hiring process. Professionals applying to an open role said they would lose interest and withdraw from consideration if faced with more than three rounds of interviews (46%) or a lengthy timeline (38%).

“Many employers continue to face challenges with their recruitment efforts", said David King, senior managing director, Robert Half, Canada and South America. "Ensuring that your company offers competitive pay and benefits, a supportive work culture that promotes employee satisfaction, career growth opportunities, and some level of flexibility, will give your business a large advantage when it comes to attracting and retaining talent."