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Three-in-five want a new job this year

A MAJORITY of people would like to change their jobs in the coming year, according to a new survey.

Three in five Irish employees were reported to be anticipating that they will change jobs in the next year as a recovering economy shifts in their favour, according to the survey by Hays, a leading specialist recruitment company.

Most are driven by concern over pay in their existing job, a perceived lack of opportunities or career progression, and a lack of challenge.

Hays claimed that, against the backdrop of an existing skills shortage, this has the potential to create an employment crisis for some sectors.

The survey report, Hays Salary and Recruiting Trends 2015, polled over 2,900 employers and employees in Ireland, gathering insights into industry salaries, recruitment figures, and employer and employee perceptions.

When hiring new staff, employers perceived job security as the most important part of a job offering.

But for employees, this ranked only fourth in terms of importance, well behind salary, career development and work-life balance.

Richard Eardley, Managing Director of Hays Ireland, said that in an increasingly competitive employment market spurred on by economic growth, businesses must consider emphasising the overall "work-life package" over traditional benefits in order to entice candidates.

"Ireland's recovering economy has created multiple opportunities for candidates.

The increased availability of jobs means employees now demand more than just a decent working environment and private health insurance from employers.

Now, employees are increasingly prioritising jobs with perks that cater to a better work-life balance, like additional holiday days, in addition to an attractive salary.

"Moving into 2015, employers need to be conscious of the changing demands of employees," he said.


"Employers that respond to these create a happier, more dedicated workforce, and will reap the benefits of improved productivity," said Mr Eardley.

The survey showed that 71pc of employers have increased their headcount in the last year, while 76pc plan to increase staff numbers in 2015.

In the construction sector, which was particularly affected by recession, 81pc of businesses increased their employee numbers.

To address the talent gap, 62pc of employers said they had skills programmes available for staff, while 35pc had hired interns.

Some 30pc said they redeployed existing employees within their business providing they have transferable skillsets.

Only 17pc of employers looked overseas for talent, despite 57pc experiencing an ongoing skills shortage.