Australian workers are increasingly changing jobs not because of monetary reasons but a lack of opportunity and perceived inflexibility on the part of their employers.
According to The Australian Job Seeker Report by job seeker portal JobGetter, of 1,442 workers and jobseekers, just 5 per cent were looking to new industries because of technological changes making previous jobs redundant, while 8 per cent said they already lost a job because of tech-related advances.
These included cashiers being replaced by automated payment computers, and sign writers replaced by electronic printing designers and printing systems.
The bulk of workers (92 per cent), though, were concerned about a growing skills gap between them and the jobs they want, suggesting that more intensive training and development are needed to adapt the current workforce with the technology changes imposed on their everyday roles and responsibilities.
Around 78 per cent also admitted feeling worried about the level of difficulty getting a job in the next 10 to 20 years.
The key takeaway for employers, however, pertains to workplace flexibility, with the report finding those workplaces that don’t offer flexibility are losing staff to those that do.
Almost two-thirds (60 per cent) of respondents said they had to forego the job they really wanted to obtain the flexibility they need.
In many instances, people were considering changing industries not just employers in the hope of finding this flexibility combined with greater professional challenges.
Some 62 per cent said seeking new challenges was the main reason for a career change, and 37 per cent cited boredom with their job. Only a third (38 per cent) said chasing a higher salary was their chief motivator.
“Modern job seekers understand that we live in a changing time and that the lifetime positions within companies that existed in the past are often no longer available. They do, however, still want a position that gives them the chance to make major investments, such as a home, without the risk of becoming unemployed hanging over their heads,” the report stated.
“Job seekers also want to feel like they are working on something they are passionate about and understand that if you love your job and the work you are doing, then you will be a much more successful employee.”
Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016.