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Employers warned that staff satisfaction is no longer enough to keep key talent

Keeping employees satisfied in their roles is no longer enough to prevent them from walking out the door, according to a survey from recruitment firm, Brook Street.

The survey found that even though almost two-thirds (58%) of employees said that they were satisfied in their current jobs, less than 40% of workers see themselves working with the same employer in 12 months.

The research of more than 1,000 workers found that the majority of employees (63%) are more likely to leave their current employer because of a better offer elsewhere rather than a lack of opportunity or general dissatisfaction in their current job.

This survey states this underlines the need for employers to do more to not only attract new talent but to also retain existing staff.

"Businesses in the UK have struggled with continuous skills shortages across several sectors and many organisations are having to look to their competitors to find the people they need," Erika Bannerman, sales and marketing of Brook Street said.

"The fact that that nearly two thirds of workers see themselves with a different company within a year shows that workers are aware that businesses are willing to make very good offers to get the necessary talent on board," she said.

Bannerman added: "It's crucial employers recognise it's not enough to just keep employers satisfied, they need to make constant effort to keep them engaged and keep them in their workforce."

The survey found the signs of a renewed "war for talent" are already appearing with 28% of employees surveyed admitting they have been approached by headhunters or other businesses in the last year.

Almost half, 45% of workers, said they receive regular alerts via job boards and social networking sites even though they are currently employed. Furthermore, nearly 60% of workers believe their company will be hiring in 2013 .

Bannerman adds: "Talent on the move can represent something of a double threat for employers. Not only will candidates who leave create a potential skills gap, our research also suggests that it can have a contagious effect on the rest of their co-workers.

"Nearly half (42%) of workers, said that they would be more inclined to look for a new job if a colleague had already done so, therefore it's vital that employers focus on keeping hold of key talent."