Survey Finds 15 Percent Of Workers Plan On Quitting Their Jobs By The New Year

One in seven workers plan on quitting their jobs before the end of 2021. A survey by resume template provider ResumeBuilder.com, evaluating responses from 1,250 workers over the age of 18 to help identify emerging trends in the U.S. labor market, found that most of these workers are driven by the opportunity for better pay or the prospect of starting a new business.

Along with the 15 percent of workers who plan on quitting their current jobs before the new year, 22 percent of respondents are also undecided, which Resumebuilder notes may lead to a higher employee turnover later this year or in early 2022. The survey found that 50 percent of workers want higher-paying jobs and 43 percent want to pursue entrepreneurships. Results also indicate that computer and IT, business and finance professionals are more likely to quit their jobs than employees in other industries but other fields slated to see a significant number of resignations are health care, food and hospitality, education, construction and retail.

“We’ve seen a massive shift in the American labor market since the start of the pandemic and our study shows that the trend will continue into 2022,” says career counselor Stacie Haller. “Whether people are leaving their jobs for more money or entrepreneurship, the underlying issue is that most employees are not happy in their current positions.”

Additionally, 20 percent of workers ages 35-44 plan to resign this fall, but only 10 percent of people age 55 and older plan to quit. Men are also expected to resign at a higher rate of 20 percent, compared to only 11 percent of women. More than 55 percent of men will leave their jobs to start a business, and 53 percent of women are quitting to find work with better salaries and benefits.

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