2 in 5 workers switch industries, job function to land new position: Survey

Redeployment within organization common

Two in five (42 per cent) jobseekers switched industries in 2012 to land a new position, according to a survey by Right Management.

Another two in five (40 per cent) changed job function for a new position, found the survey of 7,000 workers in Canada and the United States.

“It’s no surprise that so many people are able to change industries, since many competencies or skills are readily transferable, particularly for people from functions such as IT, finance, marketing and human resources,” said Monika Morrow, senior vice-president of career management at Right Management. “That so many seem to switch job function is more surprising.”

In terms of industries, there’s an increase in hiring from manufacturing, energy, IT, automotive and finance, said Morrow.

“For some organizations in these sectors, they are simultaneously divesting one part of their business while focusing on growing another, so there are also opportunities for redeployment within the same firm to move from one function to another,” she said. “Companies are helping employees with training to enable them to up skill or reskill to enable them move to another part of the business.”

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