Written By Digital Content Editor Thomas Ahearn

Nearly half of workers in the United States – 46% – are currently looking or plan to look for a new job in the first half of 2023, a figure that is up from 41% six months ago, according to a biannual Job Optimism Survey of more than 2,500 U.S. professionals from talent solutions and business consulting firm Robert Half.

“Noise around hiring freezes and layoffs at some companies hasn’t seemed to faze workers — many are just as confident in their job prospects as they were six months ago,” Paul McDonald, senior executive director of Robert Half, stated in a press release about the survey, which found those likely to make a career move in 2023 are:

  • 18- to 25-year-olds (60%)
  • Human resources professionals (58%)
  • Employees who have been with their company for 2-4 years (55%)
  • Working parents (53%)

For the fourth Job Optimism Survey in a row, money ranked as the top motivator for making a career move. Workers said the main reasons they plan to look for a new job in the first half of 2023 are a higher salary (61%), better benefits and perks (37%), and greater flexibility to choose when and where they work (36%).

Employers looking to land top talent in 2023 should streamline hiring processes and showcase company culture. The top turn-offs that cause candidates to lose interest are unclear or unreasonable job responsibilities (56%), poor communication with the hiring manager (50%), and misalignment with the company culture (36%).

“The employment landscape is changing day to day, and it will be interesting to see how the next few months pan out. Regardless of what happens, employers can’t take their foot off the pedal when it comes to earning trust and driving engagement with current staff and creating a positive experience for potential hires.”

The “Great Resignation” that has seen a record number of workers in the United States voluntarily resign from their jobs continued as a little over 4 million workers quit in October 2022, according to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

This increase in workers quitting jobs has lasted for more than a year. Along with October 2022, the number of Quits by American workers topped 4 million per month in September 2022, August 2022, July 2022, June 2022, May 2022, April 2022, March 2022, February 2022, January 2022, December 2021, and November 2021.

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