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War for Talents: Which criteria deter applicants when changing jobs

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New year, new luck: the beginning of a year is a time of reorientation for many. There are also some new plans for careers. Leave the old job behind and try something different. Despite the corona pandemic, according to a survey that the Forsa Institute carried out for Xing among around 1,000 participants in December, a third of employees are open to changing jobs.

And on the supply side, too, it doesn’t look as bad as you might think given the current situation. The chances of finding a new job are actually quite good: Nine out of ten HR managers are of the opinion that the search for a new job would be worthwhile.

So now you’re sitting in the interview. The new tasks fit. The colleagues too. Only when it comes to salary you just can’t agree. The offer is well below what the old employer pays. Reason not to take the job?

Absolute no-go: less salary

Indeed, it is for many. For example, the Forsa Institute asked Xing not only who would change their job in the Corona crisis, but also which criteria decide whether to reject an offer. According to this, 74 percent would forego a job if they earn less there. If, on the other hand, the salary remains the same and just does not increase, only ten percent of the respondents are put off.

Another no-go: a fixed-term contract. In this case, 72 percent would decide against the job offer. A change of residence is also an option for only a few. Only four in ten job seekers would move for their new job.

Childcare, on the other hand, seems to play almost no role in the decision for or against a new job. Only two percent of the respondents would decide against a job offer if the new employer did not offer childcare. Almost as little (four percent) deter most applicants from a missing company car.

Agile working moves into focus

Above all, young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 are important to be creative. If this is not the case, more than a third would decide against a job offer. It is interesting that this is apparently an exception in Germany. Because in Austria only seven percent in this age group would forego a job due to a lack of creative opportunities. In German-speaking Switzerland it is 14 percent.

Basically, an agile and modern work culture is increasingly becoming the focus for all age groups. Almost one in four would now turn down a job if the employer stubbornly insists on his constant presence in the office. If the company does not offer the possibility of flexible working hours, this is a reason for around 40 percent of the respondents not to start there. If there are no further training opportunities, around a third decide against a position.

Salary, flexible work, special payments: Ultimately, something different is more or less decisive for everyone when choosing a job. Changing jobs is a big step. If you decide to go there, you should be sure that the conditions are right for you. Because a reorientation is a long and difficult process that takes a lot of energy – and should therefore be carefully considered.

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