According to a survey, almost four out of ten employees in Germany (37 percent) can imagine changing their employer. The 18 to 29 year olds (48 percent) and the 30 to 39 year olds (40 percent) play with the idea, according to a representative survey that Forsa conducted on behalf of the Onlyfy brand of New Work SE . Around 3,200 employees were surveyed in January. Those over 50 were less open to changing employers (19 percent).
Overall, the willingness to change is still high despite the economic and corona crisis, said Frank Hassler, board member of the Xing operator New Work SE. Last year the figure was 37 percent. "Companies need to be aware that future generations are more agile and have different priorities when it comes to their lives and careers," stressed Hassler.
According to the survey, most people who are willing to change want more salary (47 percent). Above all, high inflation (57 percent) and increased spending (38 percent) play a decisive role. Another reason for job dissatisfaction is too much stress: Nine percent more women (42 percent) than men (33 percent) feel overburdened in everyday working life. Women are also more likely to want home office arrangements (54 percent vs. 48 percent) or childcare options (21 percent vs. 15 percent).
A large proportion of those surveyed (38 percent) are also confident that their market value has increased as a result of the shortage of skilled workers. "Employees are aware of the good situation on the labor market," says Hassler. "They formulate their claims clearly, but they also know exactly what they don't want - and that includes bad leadership."
In another survey conducted by the opinion research institute Censuswide in mid-January, even more employees were willing to take on a new job: almost six out of ten respondents (59 percent) could therefore imagine starting a new career. In this survey, too, willingness was higher among younger people.
The Federal Employment Agency will publish its labor market report for January 2023 on Tuesday. It deals with current developments in the labor and training market in Germany.