Two-fifths of UK staff would leave their current job for better work-life balance

work life balance

Approximately two-fifths (39%) of respondents cite achieving better work-life balance as the main reason to leave their existing job, according to research by Robert Half UK.

The survey of 2,000 office-based staff in the UK also found that employees would leave their current positions in order to gain higher remuneration (38%), flexible working hours (32%) and the ability to work from home at least once a week (14%).

Others factors causing employees to exit their current organisation included better organisational culture (14%) and unlimited annual leave (11%).

Respondents aged between 16 and 24 are more likely to leave their existing job in search of better work-life balance (41%) and career advancement (40%), compared to respondents aged between 35 and 55 or over.

Although older employees still view work-life balance as important, they also seek higher remuneration; this is true for 42% of 35 to 44-year-olds, 48% of 45 to 54-year-olds and 38% of those aged 55 or over. On the other hand, 40% of staff aged between 25 and 34 are also focused on furthering their careers.

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Matt Weston, managing director at Robert Half UK, said: “The skills that [are] driving demand are highly specialised and they are unlikely to attract top candidates without offering a competitive benefits package. Our research shows that this must include non-salary benefits, such as flexible working and training and development opportunities.

“With the talent dilemma showing no signs of slowing down, [organisations] need to act fast to secure their preferred candidates. Having a strong employer brand and offering candidates ways to work happy will prove vital to winning the way for talent.”