UK staff have felt more impact from recession than mainland European peers, according to Monster survey

David Woods , 26 Apr 2012

Global and local

Almost nine out of 10 staff admit their career plans have been affected by the economy, according to a Monster survey.

Over half of respondents to Monster's online poll (55%) said they are considering switching their career in response to economic troubles, while nearly one third (30%) would consider a move if they could find a better career. Conversely, just 15% responded that their career was not impacted on by the economy.

The recruitment company asked visitors to its jobs board the question, "Are national or global economic troubles causing you to consider a complete career change?" and received 4,607 responses.

Results indicate a consistent response from workers across Europe, North America and Asia, where more than half of respondents are looking to change their career in response to an uncertain economy, by 54% and joint 55% respectively. North American regions included US (56%), Canada (55%) and Mexico (51%).

Monster UK respondents were meanwhile overwhelmingly in agreement about considering a switch in their career due to economic troubles, with nearly two-thirds (62%) answering yes.

Of those who aren't already considering a career switch, many others are on the fence; one third of Canadian workers (33%) would consider a career change if something better came along, a response closely favoured by French (31%) and US (30%) respondents.

In comparison, there is a significant difference in the responses of workers country by country who answered that the economy is not impacting on their career. Just 9% of workers polled in the UK answered their career was not impacted, compared to 15% of French workers who answered no to the same question.

The results of the Monster Global Poll are based on votes cast by Monster visitors from: 6-20 February 2012. Only one vote per user is counted toward the final tabulation.



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