Why job-hopping is on the rise

by Juliette Willow21 May 2014
Is job hopping the new reality? For a third of employers, the answer is yes: they’ve admitted to expecting workers to hop between jobs, according to an international CareerBuilder survey.

"More workers are pursuing opportunities with various companies to expose themselves to a wider range of experiences, build their skill sets, or take a step up the ladder in pay or title," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder.

Indeed, a quarter of workers have already had five or more jobs by the time they turn 35. But it turns out most employers believe these job seekers provide them with extra value. Just over half of the thousands of hiring managers and HR professionals surveyed said job hoppers offered a wide range of expertise and were able to adapt quickly.

But which industries struggle the most to keep workers at their jobs? Here’s the list of those with the highest percentages of employers who expect candidates to hop between companies - although they did not define strictly what a job-hopper is:

Information Technology, 42%
Leisure & Hospitality, 41%
Transportation, 37%
Retail, 36%
Manufacturing, 32%


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