Bosses on notice as worker confidence up

ON THE UP: Kiwi workers are increasingly confident and prepared to change jobs.

ON THE UP: Kiwi workers are increasingly confident and prepared to change jobs.

If your boss is acting suspiciously nice towards you, it may be because they are worried you will move to greener pastures. 

A new survey by recruitment company Randstad has found jobseeker confidence is at its highest point since 2012, and it is warning employers to look after their staff or risk losing them.

The Randstad Mobility Index, which tracks employees' confidence and captures the expectation of workers considering a job change, has jumped from 101 to 108 in just three months from June to October. 

Randstad New Zealand director Paul Robinson said in the current climate and on the back of New Zealand's strong economy and growing talent shortage, this confidence could grow further.

The Randstad Workmonitor research found that about a quarter of Kiwis have either applied for or were keeping an eye out for suitable positions in the last three months.

A similar number of workers had changed employers in the last six months.

Almost a third (30 per cent) of those people moved in search of better employment conditions, highlighting the need for employers to look after their staff, Robinson said.

Despite this, job satisfaction remained high in New Zealand on 72 per cent - placing New Zealand behind just Norwegian workers as the most satisfied in the world according to the survey.

"While job satisfaction remains high in New Zealand, the significant jump in the Mobility Index figures this quarter highlights the need for employers to look after their top talent and focus on retention as well as attraction," Robinson said. 

"It is important employers understand what their staff are looking for in an employer. Although salary remains an important consideration, employers need to realise there's more to job satisfaction than simply providing a salary increase.

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"Our research has shown that competitive salary, employee benefits and a good work-life balance are crucial factors Kiwis look at when choosing a company, so employers should ensure they focus on these areas as a start."

New Zealand employee confidence is noticeably higher than in Australia, with 74 per cent of Kiwis saying they believe they can find a comparable job within the next six months, compared to 66 per cent in Aussie.

Likewise, Kiwis are less worried about losing their job than Australians with just 19 per cent of New Zealand employees saying they believe there is a chance they will lose their job or their contract will not be extended in the next six months, compared with 37 per cent of Australians who say the same.

The Randstad global survey involved more than 400 New Zealanders.

 - Stuff

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