One-half of younger workers see upside of frequent job changes

Women less convinced of merits of job hopping: Survey
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 12/23/2014

Job hopping may be losing its bad reputation, at least among the youngest generation of Canadian professionals, according to an Accountemps survey.

Fifty-three per cent of employees between the ages of 18 and 34 said changing jobs every few years can actually help their career, compared to 40 per cent of professionals between the ages of 35 and 54 and 25 per cent of those age 55 or older.

There were also differences by gender, with 54 per cent of men and 31 per cent of women reporting that job hopping is beneficial, found the survey of 425 Canadian employees 18 years of age and older who work in an office environment.

"Do you think job hopping can benefit your career?"

Yes

No

Total

43%

57%

18-34 years

53%

47%

35-54 years

40%

60%

55+ years

25%

75%

Men

54%

46%

Women

31%

69%

"Job hopping may be losing its unfavourable image but professionals should still proceed with caution when deciding whether it might be time for greener pastures every few years," said Dianne Hunnam-Jones, Canadian district president of Accountemps. "Many businesses still favour candidates who will be committed to the organization and will add value to achieving its short- and long-term goals."

Survey respondents cited the following five greatest benefits of job hopping:

•earning higher compensation

•gaining new skills

•moving up the career ladder faster

•experiencing a new corporate culture

•looks better on a resumé to have multiple employers.

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