Half of Canadian workers plan to look for a new position in 2023

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January 2023

Many workers will be eyeing greener pastures in the new year despite economic uncertainty, research from talent solutions and business consulting firm Robert Half shows. According to the company‚Äôs biannual Job Optimism Survey of more than 1,100 professionals in Canada, half of respondents are currently looking or plan to look for a new role in the first half of 2023, up from 31 per cent six months ago.

Those most likely to make a career move in early 2023 are:

  • Gen Z and Millennials (56 per cent)
  • Technology professionals (57 per cent)
  • Employees who have been with their company for two to four years (61 per cent)
  • Working parents (55 per cent)

Increased demand for contract talent may be why nearly three in 10 professionals (29 per cent) are considering quitting their job to pursue a full-time contracting career. Returning to a previous employer is also a consideration with four in 10 professionals willing to go back to a former company if given a salary equal to or higher than their current pay.

For the fourth Job Optimism Survey in a row, money ranked as the top motivator for making a career move. Workers said the main reasons they plan to look for a new job in the first half of 2023 are:

  • A higher salary (62 per cent)
  • Better benefits and perks (39 per cent)
  • Better advancement opportunities (30 per cent)
  • Greater flexibility to choose when and where they work (27 per cent)

Employers looking to land top talent in 2023 should refine and streamline hiring processes and showcase their company culture. When applying for positions, top turn-offs that cause candidates to lose interest are:

  1. Unclear or unreasonable job responsibilities (55 per cent)
  2. Poor communication with the hiring manager (46 per cent)
  3. Misalignment with the company culture and values (35 per cent)

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