80% of professionals in Wales would move jobs to another region in search of a ‘better lifestyle’

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An overwhelming 80% of professionals in Wales would relocate jobs to another region or city if it provided a better lifestyle for them. 

This compares with less than a fifth in the South West (17%), a quarter in the North East (25%), and a third in the South East (33%), London (36%), The Midlands (38%), and Scotland (38%).

This coincides with employees in the Wales being one of the least satisfied with their employer – with over a third (39%) stating that their expectations are not being bet by their current employer.   

Interestingly, almost half (47%) of employees in Wales – more than any other region in the UK – stated that they would be open to switching to a contract, interim or temporary position – citing more flexibility (30%), the opportunity to learn new skills (23%), and increase in pay (19%), and as the key reason for this. 

The findings come from a new report from leading recruiter Robert Walters and job board CV-Library on meeting candidate demands through the job offer.

Professionals in Wales stated the work-life balance (53%), a competitive salary (53%), clear development & progression (47%), flexible working hours (41%), location – being close to home or a city (41%) and being valued (31%) as the most important factors when looking at a new job opportunity.

Chris Hickey, UK CEO at Robert Walters said: “It’s a competitive environment for recruiting talent, with hiring managers having to contend with a UK-wide candidate shortage.  

“As such, it will be crucial now more than ever that companies work hard to improve their workplace environment and bulk-up the job offering in order to attract the best candidates – and central to this is tapping into what makes employees within the region tick.”

For more information download the whitepaper here

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