2 in 5 employees in Singapore plan on changing jobs in 2019

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In Singapore, two in every five workers plan to seek new job opportunities this year, mainly the younger ones who want broader career paths, the 2019 Randstad Employer Brand Research shows.

The survey reached out to more than 200,000 respondents across 32 countries, including 2,502 who are based in Singapore.  

Among those who plan to change employers this year, 40% cited “limited career path” as the key reason.

“Companies that invest in the well-being and development of their people will be able to build a strong employer brand,” said Jaya Dass, managing director of Randstad Singapore and Malaysia.

“We have seen organisations benefit significantly from creating positive employee experiences, such as having faster access to better qualified candidates and a highly-engaged workforce,” Dass said.

The study found that experienced professionals have a more relaxed attitude towards work formalities. Among respondents aged between 35 and 54, 38% seek companies that can offer them with flexible work arrangements. Among millenials, 69% said that they do not mind working in the office.

One in every three (33%) millennials would apply for jobs in companies that provide robust training programmes to ensure continuous career and skills development. Two in five (42%) of Generation Z candidates look for interesting jobs that they can feel excited about.

Also, employee experience has become increasingly important to the workforce. It describes and defines how employees work, the environment that they work in and how they feel about their job.

About half of Generation Z employees (48%) want to work in an office that has a pleasant work atmosphere. Companies that want to engage and attract younger talent should consider the designs of its physical and virtual workspaces, as they set the foundation for cross-team collaborations to take place.

The environment is not the only factor to consider when it comes to employee experience. Employees in Singapore tend to consider resignation when they are not fairly recognised or rewarded (31%) or are unable to strike a balance between work and their personal lives (31%).