Survey reveals: Employees willing to leave permanent roles for an ideal temporary job.
More than half of professionals working across Europe would be willing to leave a permanent role for an ‘ideal’ temporary job, according to a survey of almost 6,700 employees.
The research, by recruitment specialists Robert Walters, reveals a snapshot of how people work and their thoughts on current issues that affect their job and their professional decisions.
It showed that although three quarters of survey respondents were currently working in a permanent position, 59 per cent of respondents stated they would accept a temporary or contract position if they were offered their ideal role.
And of the 59 per cent of professionals across Europe who would be willing to leave secure employment, a quarter said the contract length of the proposed job would not deter them from taking it. Although 32 per cent said they would only accept it if the contract was for a year or more.
In Ireland, where fewer respondents (69 per cent) held permanent posts, only 27 per cent of all respondents would accept a temporary or contract position regardless of the duration for their ideal role, while 40 per cent would take it as long as it lasted for a least 12 months.
Further findings in the recruiter’s report, European Employee Insights 2015, show that professionals’ confidence remains relatively strong despite difficult economic circumstances. A majority of respondents, 82 per cent, said they had confidence in their sector, 67 per cent said they had confidence in their company and 81 per cent expressed confidence about their career. Employee communication via social media was found to be widespread with more than 80 per cent reporting they were connected to their colleagues on social media.
Suzanne Feeney, asssociate director at Robert Walters Ireland, said: “These results are indicative of an upturn in confidence amongst job seekers throughout Europe. During the recession, people were hesitant to even move to another permanent position for fear of making the wrong choice. The idea of moving from a permanent contract of employment to a temporary/contract one was practically unheard of and the majority of jobseekers would not have even considered it. This is a clear sign that confidence has returned amongst job seekers and we are witnessing increased movement across markets as a result.”
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