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51% of Aussies moved jobs, switched industries, changed careers or reduced their hours during the pandemic

The Career Change Monitor Report, out today, reveals that a staggering 51% or 5.3 million Australians chose to alter their work arrangements over the last two years.

This new study commissioned by leading career coach Kate Richardson and conducted by YouGov, reveals trends in careers from the past two years and also looks at the 12 months ahead.

Career Coach Kate Richardson says: “The Great Resignation. The Great Reshuffle. The Big Quit. Whatever you choose to call it, experts have been predicting its arrival in Australia in the first part of 2022. This research reveals that half of Australian workers have already chosen to move jobs, switch industries, change careers or reduce their hours during the pandemic. Instead of seeing The Great Resignation as a one-off event, we need to see career change as an ongoing trend.”

The report also shows that men and women have approached the employment challenges of the pandemic differently.Women are more likely to have changed their career (21% to 16%), whereas men are more likely to have changed industry but remained in a similar role.

Richardson says: “Given females lost more jobs and hours during the pandemic than males, it’s not surprising that women were more likely to make bolder decisions and change their career.”

The research also shows

  •  1 in 5 Australian workers are considering making a career change in the next 12 months
  •  Under 35s are more likely to be planning a shift. The likelihood of changing jobs gradually decreases with age: over 50% of under 35 years changed jobs, 40% of 35-49 years, and only 27% of those aged 50+.
  • Blue collar workers are twice as likely as white collar workers to be considering a career change (24% compared to 12%), and this is being heavily driven by males.

For all the talk of The Great Resignation being the domain of the young and the professional, blue collar workers are also rethinking their career choices. They’re not waiting to be restructured out of a job. They’re recognising that getting on the front foot and looking at new career options is the best way to future proof their working life,” says Richardson.

Please note:

The research was commissioned by Kate Richardson and conducted by YouGov. Total sample size was 556 workers aged 18+. Fieldwork was undertaken between 17th – 21st February 2022. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Australian workers (aged 18+)

About Kate Richardson: Kate Richardson helps people successfully navigate the changing 21st Century Career. She’s an accredited Executive and Career Coach working with mid-career professionals to help them design a more satisfying career and find what’s next.

A copy of the Career Change Monitor Report can be downloaded

This article was sourced from a media release sent by Medianet

Photo by Edmond Dantès

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