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workers want more support for career development
A survey of the latest trends in job market sentiments and employee expectations by leading recruitment agency Randstad has found that nearly half of UK workers want their employer to do more to support them in their career development.
UK workers are eager to build up their skills and progress in their careers. The Randstad quarterly workmonitor survey reveals that more than eight out of ten UK workers want to keep developing throughout their careers. A similar proportion believes that their employer should support them in their career development. Yet only 55% feel that their firm is doing enough to help them keep developing and only 11% strongly agree.
While training is often seen as discretionary expenditure, cutbacks could prove to be a false economy. The Randstad workmonitor highlights that six out of ten workers would switch jobs if a new employer could help them to develop faster or better. Giving a low priority to training risks losing key talent and could make it harder for companies to compete in a tough business environment.
The threat of losing key talent because of poor training opportunities was further underlined in Randstads new world of work report, which incorporates the perspectives of both employees and employers. When asked what would lure them away, employees ranked quality training and development at number two, just behind competitive pay. But employers dont appear to recognise the importance of training in retention. When asked what will make their staff stay, employers put training way down the list at number eight. 
Graham Trevor, HR Director of Randstad Staffing said: It is important for organisations to recognise the value that employees attach to learning and development and ensure that their training matches staff expectations. Otherwise they risk losing key talent. It is also important to ensure that training strategies are aligned with overall business goals by identifying the specific skills needed to deliver commercial objectives both now and in the future and judging what gaps may need to be overcome.
The latest Randstad workmonitor survey has also revealed that UK workers are the most mobile in Europe. Research has long shown that few young people want a job for life any more even if one is available. The research confirms that the desire for flexibility and mobility is especially ingrained in British workers. Less than 30% of UK participants in the Randstad workmonitor survey have been in their current post for more than ten years, compared to well over 40% in Germany and France.
UK workers are among the most flexible and mobile in the world, which is good for productivity and the development of the economy. In turn, they want flexibility from their employees to help them meet their family commitments and enhance their work-life balance. Making provisions for flexible working can help to attract and retain quality staff and greatly improve morale, motivation and productivity.


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