New year surprise for Britain's bosses

Nov 26 2004 by Nic Paton Print This Article

It may not even be December yet, let alone Christmas – but nearly one in four workers are already thinking about what sort of job the New Year will bring.

The poll by training company Video Arts has predicted that one in four are planning to leave their jobs once the festive season is over, with 18 to 24-year-olds the most likely to suffer itchy feet.

More than a third – 34 per cent – of this age group said they were planning to shift jobs in the New Year.

With the Christmas break traditionally a time to reflect on your job and think about new beginnings, a quarter of those agreed January would be the most likely time they would leave their role to start a new job.

By comparison, one in seven - 14 per cent - said they were most likely to leave after a summer break, the other traditional time to move on, when workers were feeling their most refreshed.

Worryingly for employers, more than one in 10 (11 per cent) said they planned to hand in their letter of resignation before the run up to Christmas.

Video Arts director Martin Addison said: “January can be the catalyst which encourages people to take action in terms of their career. Effective managers need to be able to recognise the warning signs, so they are able to stop their best staff from leaving and limit the time and cost to their business."