Two-thirds of UK workers plan to make changes to their careers over the next 12 months

Two-thirds of UK workers plan to make changes to their careers over the next 12 months, according to research, because they are hoping for a “more progressive approach towards working”.

A poll of 4,000 UK adults found that 64% planned to make changes to their working lives next year, either by finding a new role, changing the hours they work, or switching careers entirely. These figures suggest that 22 million workers across the economy could be looking for a job change.

The research found a wide variety of changes that employees planned to make. For many this meant increasing flexible working: one in 10 plan to find a role that allow them to work from home, while similar numbers plan to reduce their working hours.

Whilst flexible working had been growing since before the pandemic, the last two years has resulted in many people becoming used to not having to commute and to have flexibility to work at home.  This has resulted in the desire to extend this across a number of industries and situations.

The research also found many employees were looking to improve their skills over the next year. More than one in 10 workers said they planned to retrain or learn a new skill, increasing to one in six among those aged 35 to 44.

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