Job-hopping is becoming increasingly common in the UK. Unlike in previous generations, younger workers today are more likely to change roles or employers every few years rather than stay in one company for decades.
Job hoppers can earn a higher salary, grow their career, change locations more frequently, and find a better cultural fit from job-hopping. The negative stigma is on its way out, so people should lean into the positive outcomes from making a change. These days, job-hopping is better understood, and people are realising that changing jobs every few years could actually be really good for our careers.
Julie Bishop, founder of Jobhop.co.uk explains,
“Job-hopping usually suits young, ambitious people but there are many reasons to job-hop at different times in your career. If you don’t enjoy what you do any more then you are definitely due a job-hop. Who wants to do something they dislike every day? I quote Confucius: ‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’ My advice is to keep job-hopping until you do what you love!
You might job-hop because you want a new career, you’d like to use your skills in another industry, or you may even have found better opportunities at another company. It doesn’t have to be outside of your current workplace; some employers realise that their employees have a thirst for gaining new experiences, so moving within the organisation is encouraged.”
Recent research from Emolument, that asked working professionals from 16 different sectors if they would swap jobs for a 20% pay rise reveals that:
- Auditors and consultants are the least likely employees to move for a 20% pay rise
- 78% of those asked admitted that they would make a career move
- 92% of media and communications employees admitted they would switch jobs for increase salary
- 79% of candidates who earn more than £100,000 admitted that they would swap jobs
- 99% of those earning under £20,000 claimed they would definitely switch roles.
Job hopping not only has benefits of potential salary increase but also:
- Self-discovery: Exploring career options and identifying what you like and don’t like can be beneficial at the beginning of your career.
- Pay rise & benefits: You might find a job that offers a better salary or more interesting benefits than your current job.
- Skills development: Learning new skills in a new role can make you more employable in the future. Most professionals who job-hop make strategic moves within the same industry, but others prefer to move between industries to equip themselves with diverse skills that can be applied to any job.
- Job satisfaction: Searching for a job that gives you a sense of purpose and excitement can be difficult to achieve when you stay in one place for a long time.
- Networking: Changing jobs allows you to make purposeful connections that you might need later in your career.
It’s important to note here that there are some known drawbacks to job hopping, especially when it comes to future potential employer’s perceptions. If you hop too frequently, you could risk being seen as disloyal, or unreliable. So, carefully consider both the costs and benefits of this move before making it. If you have made up your mind, then get in touch with us today to discover the latest job opportunities this Spring. Hop over to our job page to find out more.