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14% of people planning to resign in first six months of this year

Research from Zegami, a data visualisation company, has revealed that 14% of people in work plan to resign in the first six months of this year. The main reason for this is because they are bored at work or need a new challenge (35%), but 11% of those planning to leave say it’s because they have been bullied at work, and 8% say it’s because of Brexit and the overall political environment in the UK.  One in 50 of those planning to change jobs (2%) say it’s because they have been sexually harassed at work.  


Overall, Zegami’s research found that in addition to 14% of people planning to leave their jobs in the first half of 2020, a further 14% are considering this. One in three of those planning to change jobs (35%) say it’s because they are bored and need a new challenge, followed by 23% who say it’s down to not feeling appreciated at work. One in five say it’s because of a change in their personal circumstances.


Of those people planning to leave their jobs over the next six months, 30% say they have told their employers officially that they plan to leave, and 19% have told them unofficially. Some 45% say their employers have no idea that they intend to leave.


Roger Noble, founder and CTO of Zegami, said, “Our research shows that millions of people are planning to leave their jobs this year. In many of these cases, their employers would probably want them to stay, and Zegami HR can help them potentially identify which members of staff might be thinking of leaving and why, and with this information they could potentially make changes to reduce the chances of them going.


“We estimate that average true cost to a business losing just one employee that could otherwise have been retained is £105,667. This is based on the average salary for someone in full-time work, hiring costs and productivity losses over several months whilst a replacement hire becomes as effective as the employee they replace.”


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