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As many as two million UK workers are set to change jobs before Christmas with a number of people looking to move into a completely different industry.

According to the Totaljobs report, 26% of UK workers are currently actively looking for a new job and six per cent are already working their notice.

Interestingly, 75% of those surveyed said that it was the pandemic that made them consider working in a different industry.

When asked their reason for future career moves, the majority (57%) said they were looking for a better work-life balance, 52% cited a higher salary as a motive and 38% said that they were interested in learning new skills.

Jon Wilson, Totaljobs CEO, commented, “Our research shows that for many people, the career ladder isn’t so linear anymore; career shifts and job changes are commonplace. With Covid-19 changing our day-to-day working lives, people are increasingly searching for work-life balance, flexibility or simply for a job they can get more satisfaction out of, and they’ll look to other industries to find it.

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“With a record number of job vacancies this summer, many industries who had to hit pause on their hiring in the height of the pandemic are now experiencing labour shortages, and these are likely to continue in the coming months. Businesses with an urgent hiring need should make sure they’re getting the basics right when attracting talent. Job adverts that include essential pieces of information like a clear job title, location, salary and ways of working are more likely to win applications.

“Equally, employers must be clear about what their business is bringing to the table beyond the remit of a role, whether that’s remote working, wellbeing programmes or training initiatives. Consider how you can attract the three quarters of people considering a career change, and pitch the unique benefits of your industry – especially if you can offer candidates something their previous sector couldn’t.”

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