Career Change Statistics

Up-to-date statistics on career change, fulfilment, and the future of work.

Stats on people looking for support in a career change

15% of those aged 45 to 54 who expect to change career have have received careers advice. - 1 May 2023, Phoenix Insights / Ipos
Seven in ten of all adults (70%) say that the government needs to do more to help people build their skills throughout their career. - 1 May 2023, Phoenix Insights / Ipos
Low awareness of careers guidance available is a factor holding back some midlife job changes – with half (51%) of all 45 to 54-year-olds unaware of any careers information or advice services. - 1 May 2023, Phoenix Insights / Ipos

Stats on number of people wanting a career change

A third of 45 to 54-year-olds (midlifers) expect to change career before retirement. - 1 May 2023, Phoenix Insights / Ipos
The average UK worker believes it’s too late to change careers by the age of 45 – because they can’t keep up with technology. 21% would like to retrain and start a new career, but worry they are ‘too old’, while almost 17% feel they lack the digital skills needed to take this step. - 31 Mar 2022, Santander
64% of those furloughed in the hospitality industry plan to move industries and 17% are using their time to re-skill to change careers. In the travel sector, around 55% of furloughed travel sector workers are considering moving and 13% are actively re-skilling. - 21 Apr 2021, NTT DATA UK
13% of survey respondents reported they are actively re-skilling to change careers. - 21 Apr 2021, NTT DATA UK
Sixteen percent of people thinking about a career change reported being interested in the technology sector – closely followed by retail (13%), education (13%), and civil service and government (12%). - 21 Apr 2021, NTT DATA UK
10.8 million UK adults plan to add to their incomes or make a full-time career from a hobby. - 8 Apr 2021, Aviva
More people aged 25-34 want to retrain (14% compared with 10% across all age groups) or follow a completely different career path (14% compared with 9% all ages). - 8 Apr 2021, Aviva
87% of the under-25's want to re-evaluate their careers and change their work plans over the next year. - 8 Apr 2021, Aviva
60% of people want to make some career changes because of Covid-19 compare to 53% in July 2020. - 8 Apr 2021, Aviva
Between July 2020 and February 2021 the proportion of workers intending to follow a completely different career path has increased from 7% to 9%, while those planning to find a role which helps others has risen from 6% to 8%. - 1 Apr 2021, Aviva
34% of Britons want to change career but have no idea where to start. - 3 Feb 2021, City and Guilds & Burning Glass Technologies
One in four women are setting up their own business, while 61% are dreaming of a complete career change post Covid-19. - 1 Sep 2020, Allbright
70% of UK workers are now more likely to consider working in a different sector, while a quarter expect to change industries within the next year. - 11 May 2020, TotalJobs
Nearly two thirds (62%) of the UK workforce want to change their career path. - 27 Sep 2019, Jobrapido

Stats on what the blockers are to making a career change

18% of women (compared to 10% of men) aged 45 to 54 say confidence is holding them back from changing jobs. - 1 May 2023, Phoenix Insights / Ipos
Among those working (aged 45 – 54), the most common reasons for holding back from job changes include age (21%) or that ‘it's considered too late’ (16%). - 1 May 2023, Phoenix Insights / Ipos
22% of adults worry about having the ability to learn a new job or simply don’t know where to begin. - 31 Mar 2022, Santander
30% of adults say that a fear of change and a lack of confidence are the biggest barriers to changing careers. - 31 Mar 2022, Santander
One in four (25%) are reluctant to start their own business due to a lack of digital skills. - 31 Mar 2022, Santander
17% of UK workers say they cannot change their jobs or start a new career because of their lack of digital skills. - 31 Mar 2022, Santander
80% of people had done little or nothing to achieve change following Covid, as a result of social and economic obstacles. Two in five of those surveyed claimed money concerns were preventing them making changes and 31% cited a lack of opportunity. - 12 Jul 2021, Global Future
32% of people surveyed had no idea where else their current skill set might be useful. 34% were concerned about starting over again, 21% said they lacked knowledge of other sectors, and around 19% expressed an overall lack of confidence in changing careers. - 3 Feb 2021, City and Guilds & Burning Glass Technologies
Those aged 25-34 are most reluctant to change careers. 31% had a lack of knowledge of other jobs, 41% were worried about starting all over again, 21% were concerned about the cost of retraining. - 3 Feb 2021, City and Guilds & Burning Glass Technologies
Only 16% of survey respondents understand exactly how their skills would be useful in another career. - 3 Feb 2021, City and Guilds & Burning Glass Technologies
22% of those interested in switching careers are not confident they have the transferable skills and experience required. - 30 Oct 2020, Now Teach
30% of employees surveyed stated their biggest obstacle to making a change is family or financial commitments. 19%, stated lack of qualifications, 17% stated a lack of confidence, 19% have no idea how to switch careers and 14% are put off by the time it takes to re-train. - 27 Sep 2019, Jobrapido

Stats on number of jobs in a lifetime

Out of 3,345 UK adults surveyed, two-fifths (42%) of those working aged 45 to 54 have been in their current main job for 11 years or over. - 1 May 2023, Phoenix Insights / Ipos
54% of 18-34-year-olds predict that the ability to have a portfolio career will be important to them at some point in their career. - 3 Nov 2021, Sonovate
Six in ten (59%) of 18-34-year-olds agree that portfolio careers will become more popular within the next ten years. - 3 Nov 2021, Sonovate
The average number of jobs in a lifetime is 12 for individuals born in the latter years of 1957-64 between the ages 18 to 52. - 22 Aug 2019, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Stats on wanting greater work flexibility

30% of all knowledge workers say they are most productive outside of standard business hours - 7 Dec 2022, Superhuman
24% of remote workers say they are distracted by their home work environment. 39% of office workers find their colleagues distracting! - 7 Dec 2022, Superhuman
39% of remote workers and 42% of in-office workers would like to be offered more flexible working hours. - 7 Dec 2022, Superhuman
81% of remote workers say they are most productive working from home, while 66% of office workers say they're most effective in an office setting. - 7 Dec 2022, Superhuman
45% of remote workers and 39% of office workers say that being forced to work a 9-to-5 lowers their job satisfaction. - 7 Dec 2022, Superhuman
30% of all knowledge workers would take a 20% pay cut if it allowed them to work whatever schedule they want! - 7 Dec 2022, Superhuman
Offering flexibility is now a key strategy for retaining talent. 72% of knowledge workers say that a 4-day work week would make them twice as likely to stay with their company, rising to 82% for those under the age of 35. - 7 Dec 2022, Superhuman
69% of employees say flexible working will pay a bigger role in future decisions about their job or career choices. - 1 Oct 2022, Escape the City
76% of people said the worst thing about remote working was the lack of connection with colleagues. 44% of people struggled with the lack of separation between work and life. - 1 Oct 2022, Escape the City
26% of respondents found the best part of working remotely was being able to tailor theur schedules to when they were most productive - 1 Oct 2022, Escape the City
74% of professionals said that a flexible working location is the primary barometer they use when assessing a new role. - 1 Oct 2022, Escape the City
60% of professionals said that flexible working hours was the most important factor in assessing a new role - 1 Oct 2022, Escape the City
A 4-day working week was most important to 40% of professionals in assessing a new role - 1 Oct 2022, Escape the City
32% of UK workers have delayed resigning in the past 12 months due to uncertainty over how the pandemic will affect the jobs market or because they want to lose their current flexible working structure (25%). - 31 Jan 2022, HR Director
One in five (16%) of UK workers wanting to leave their current work, say it’s because their employer forces them to come to the office or workplace when they can work remotely. - 31 Jan 2022, HR Director
Companies offering hybrid or remote working are less likely to be affected by resignations, with almost 1 in 3 (28%) workers admitting that flexible working policies are encouraging them to stay in their current job. - 31 Jan 2022, HR Director
29% of UK workers are considering moving to a new job in 2022. The legal (44%), IT & telecoms (42%), and sales, media & marketing (40%) industries are most likely to be affected by a mass migration of staff. - 31 Jan 2022, HR Director
83% of all American workers would prefer a four-day workweek. Millennials (aged 25-40) are most in favor (90%), while Gen Z (aged 18-24) is least interested at 76%. - 9 Nov 2021, GoodHire
68% of Millennials (aged 25-40) are happier working remotely, while Baby Boomers (aged 57-75) are the least happy with remote work at 37%. - 9 Nov 2021, GoodHire
Younger workers see the benefits of freelance work to give them the flexibility to experiment with different career routes (57%) and to have a family or pursue their interests (50%). - 3 Nov 2021, Sonovate
Over a third (36%) of 18-34-year-olds made a career change to work more flexibly during the pandemic. - 3 Nov 2021, Sonovate
One in four businesses will allow all of their staff to work from home, at least some of the time after the pandemic. - 29 Jul 2021, YouGov
Only 19% of businesses plan to make employees come in five days a week after the pandemic. - 29 Jul 2021, YouGov
94% of organisations are allowing employees more flexibility as to where and when they work. - 9 Jun 2021, Gartner
30% of 30,000 survey respondents in the USA were still primarily working from home. - 21 Apr 2021, Stanford
More than 60% of survey respondents in the USA said that working remotely had turned out better than they’d expected. The average employee said the value of working from home was a perk worth roughly 7% of their total paycheck. - 21 Apr 2021, Stanford
Nearly 40% of survey respondents said that they have been more efficient working from home due to the drastic reduction in commute time. - 21 Apr 2021, Stanford
Working from home has resulted in a savings of 60 million commute hours every workday in the USA. - 21 Apr 2021, Stanford
Most full-time workers expect to continue working remotely at least two or three days a week. Half of all American employees will work from home at least two days a week post-pandemic, in hybrid arrangements where 20% of workdays will be carried out from home. - 21 Apr 2021, Stanford
The most popular change which people would like to introduce to their career is the ability to work from home, with 10% of people surveyed requesting this. - 1 Apr 2021, Aviva
Almost half (48%) of 1,400 UK workers surveyed found working from home as a positive move and less stressful than being based wholly at another location. This was due to the lack of commuting (57%), spending more time with family (29%) and not having to worry about what to wear (42%). - 1 Apr 2021, Aviva
During the pandemic, just one in five (19%) people questioned said they found working from home more stressful. This was due to them struggling to switch off (43%), missing their colleagues (36%), or didn’t have a suitable space to work (27%). - 1 Apr 2021, Aviva
91% of organisations are now offering more flexibility in how, when and where work gets done - 21 Jan 2021, Inspiring Workplaces & Roundel
60% of organisations are working remotely. - 21 Jan 2021, Inspiring Workplaces & Roundel
The move to remote working led 40% of organisations to have better engagement, 51% of organisation's employees to feel more empowered and 39% of organisations were more innovative. - 21 Jan 2021, Inspiring Workplaces & Roundel
Remote work will increase migration in the USA. 14 to 23 million Americans are planning to move as a result of remote work. - 29 Oct 2020, Upwork
Four in ten people who had never worked from home before Covid-19 want to continue to do so after the crisis is over. 91% want to be able to do so at least some of the time once the pandemic is over. - 22 Oct 2020, YouGov
84% of UK full-time workers are planning on working remotely in some form for the rest of 2020. 41% would be likely to resign if they were forced to return to the office against their will. 44% of UK full-time workers plan to work a full five day working-week from home, with 55% planning a more hybrid role with one to four days in the office. - 1 Aug 2020, OWL Labs
Almost 70% of full time workers in the United States are working from home during COVID-19. 80% of full-time workers expect to work from home at least three times per week after COVID-19 guidelines are lifted. - 1 Jul 2020, OWL Labs
75% of U.S. consumers indicate they would like to continue to work remotely at least occasionally, while more than half: 54% would like this to be their primary way of working. - 1 May 2020, IBM
43% of dads are considering reducing their hours or taking jobs closer to home, so they can spend more time with their family and take on additional parenting. - 1 May 2020, Slater Gordon
Before lockdown only one in ten employees were regularly allowed to work from home. 44% complain about the traditional and inflexible setting still imposed by their employer. 48% plan to request some remote working once the restrictions on movement are reduced. One third of Brits plan to ask for more flexible hours, allowing staff to work when and where they want. - 1 May 2020, Slater Gordon
98% of remote workers want to continue to work remotely (at least for some of the time) for the rest of their careers. Remote workers are happiest when they spend more than 76% of their time working remotely. - 1 Feb 2020, Buffer & AngelList
84% of US workers planning a career change want more flexibility. - 30 Nov 2019, Indeed
Over nine in ten UK workers are not working the usual nine to five week. 42% already work flexibly in some form or another, e.g. job sharing or compressed hours. - 24 Aug 2019, YouGov
The top reasons employees seek flexible work are due to work-life balance (75%), family (45%), time savings (42%) and commute stress (41%). - 13 Aug 2019, FlexJobs
Flexible work appeals most to pet owners (28%), freelancers (25%), entrepreneurs (20%) and introverts (20%). - 13 Aug 2019, FlexJobs
44% of job seekers said a job with flexibility would have a “huge improvement” on their overall quality of life, and 53% said it would have a “positive impact.” 78% of people said having a flexible job would allow them to be healthier (eat better, exercise more, etc.), and 86% said they’d be less stressed. - 13 Aug 2019, FlexJobs
78% of UK workers report positive quality of life benefits from flexible working. - 1 Jun 2019, CIPD
90% of US employees say allowing for more flexible work arrangements and schedules will increase employee morale. 64% work remotely for some of the time. - 1 Oct 2018, Staples
Men across the globe are 8% more likely than women to work remotely. - 1 Sep 2018, OWL Labs
Globally, the majority of companies don’t allow remote work. 44% work for companies that don't allow remote work, but 16% work for companies that are fully remote. - 1 Sep 2018, OWL Labs
52% of global employees work from home at least once a week. Additionally, 68% of employees work remotely at least once a month. - 1 Sep 2018, OWL Labs
South American's are 67% more likely than average to always work remotely. - 1 Sep 2018, OWL Labs

Stats on being happy or fulfilled at work

Employees feel the most fulfilled and productive if they're given the choice to work remotely, at the office, or both. 39% of remote workers and 34% of in-office workers would like to be allowed to work remotely. - 7 Dec 2022, Superhuman
66% of knowledge workers are more productive and happier, where their employer provides substantial mental health resources, impacting their job positively. - 7 Dec 2022, Superhuman
79% of knowledge workers describe their mental health as above average, and almost half (46%) state that their work life positively impacts their mental health. - 7 Dec 2022, Superhuman
57% of Millennials (aged 25-40) said they are very happy at work, making them the happiest generation. 22% of Gen Z (aged 18-24) said they are either unhappy or hate work, making them the most unhappy generation. - 9 Nov 2021, GoodHire
Millennials (aged 25-40) are the most fulfilled at work, with 60% of them saying they find great meaning and purpose in their jobs. Gen Z (aged 18-24) is the least fulfilled with just 41% finding great meaning and purpose. - 9 Nov 2021, GoodHire
48% of American workers are very happy at work. - 9 Nov 2021, GoodHire
60% of Millennials (aged 25-40), 51% of Gen X (aged 18-24), 44% of Baby Boomers (aged 57-75) and 41% of Gen Z (aged 42-56) find great meaning and purpose in their job. - 9 Nov 2021, GoodHire
There has been a 7% increase in employee happiness levels post-Covid, rising from 60% pre-covid to 67%. - 1 Oct 2021, Engaging Business / WorkL
There has been a 12% increase in people feeling that their employer cares for their wellbeing post-covid, rising from 60% to 72%. - 1 Oct 2021, Engaging Business / WorkL
The happiest workers are employed in Switzerland with a happiness score of 75.2%. India has the second happiest at 73.05% and the UK has the third happiest employees with a score of 69.29%. - 1 Oct 2021, Engaging Business / WorkL
WorkL’s survey data shows that the older you get, the happier you feel in the workplace. 77% of middle aged and older workers feel they are doing something more worthwhile than younger workers aged 19-34, who scored 63%. - 1 Oct 2021, Engaging Business / WorkL
WorkL's survey data found people aged 45+ are happiest with their working environment scoring 72% compared to those aged 19-44, who scored 65%. - 1 Oct 2021, Engaging Business / WorkL
Before the pandemic the average workplace happiness score was 64%. 6 months after lockdown people’s happiness at work has increased on average to 72%. - 1 Oct 2021, Engaging Business / WorkL
Following Covid more people feel more anxious and depressed about their work, which has risen from 58% to 61%. - 1 Oct 2021, Engaging Business / WorkL
Thirty-one percent of Millennials, 41 percent of Gen X and 49 percent of Baby Boomers say they want their work to have a positive impact on the world. - 12 Sep 2021, Development Dimensions International
80% of organisations reported that the events of 2020 negatively impacted employee mental health - 21 Jan 2021, Inspiring Workplaces & Roundel
13% of workers are actively disengaged, have miserable work experiences and spread their unhappiness to their colleagues. 51% of workers are "not engaged" and are psychologically unattached to their work and company. - 16 Oct 2020, Gallup
89% of respondents who are very happy or somewhat happy in their current job roles, are considering changing careers. - 26 Aug 2020, Find Courses
77% of respondents agree that after COVID-19, having the option to work from home would make them happier. - 1 Jul 2020, OWL Labs
Employees working remotely see more positive effects on their daily work, are more engaged, and have a stronger sense of well-being than those in non-remote jobs with little flexibility. Of fathers working at home, 79.4% report positive work effectiveness, with 63.2% feeling engaged and 70.5% have a positive state of well-being. - 29 Jun 2020, McKinsey
Over half (54%) of British workers’ overall happiness depends on how they feel at work. - 20 Feb 2020, YouGov
44% of British workers say it's very important to have a job that feels purposeful and another 43% say it’s somewhat important. - 20 Feb 2020, YouGov
26% of British workers believe their job lacks meaning. - 20 Feb 2020, YouGov
Most people are happy after making a career change: 7% are happier, 75% are more satisfied, 69% are more fulfilled, and 65% are less stressed. - 13 Dec 2019, Joblist
81% of workers planning to start a new career say it’s because they are unhappy in their current role. - 30 Oct 2019, Indeed
88% of career changers say they're happier since making their move. - 30 Oct 2019, Indeed
54% of UK workers are either ‘often’ or 'always' enthusiastic about their job. - 1 Jun 2019, CIPD
Two thirds of us are unfulfilled at work, which by extension means we’re unfulfilled in our lives. - 1 May 2019, Imperative
Employees with strong workplace social support networks find more meaning in work. Toxic workplace behaviors, such as bullying and exclusion, drive down meaningful work scores by 24%. - 7 Nov 2018, BetterUPLabs
Meaningful work drives employees to work more. Employees doing meaningful work put in an extra hour per week and take two fewer days of paid leave per year. Employees who find their work highly meaningful stay at jobs for an average of 7.4 months longer than employees who find work lacking meaning. - 7 Nov 2018, BetterUPLabs
Employees lack meaning at work. On average, employees say their work is about half as meaningful as it could be. - 7 Nov 2018, BetterUPLabs
Nine out of ten people are willing to earn less money to do more meaningful work. - 6 Nov 2018, Harvard Business Review
80% of people would rather have a boss who cared about them finding meaning and success in work, than receive a 20% pay increase. - 6 Nov 2018, Harvard Business Review

Stats on a good workplace culture

69% of those who are remote and 61% of those in an office — believe that employee mental health is the shared responsibility of employees and their employer. - 7 Dec 2022, Superhuman
When deciding whether to apply for a job seekers rated the importance of a company being purpose driven, as 8.5/10. - 1 Oct 2022, Escape the City
89% of respondents wanted a career with a clear sense of purpose. - 1 Oct 2022, Escape the City
A flexible work culture is a key consideration for young workers when choosing a job. Over half (53%) of 18-34-year-olds will not join companies that are inflexible about the way their people choose to work. - 3 Nov 2021, Sonovate
The top factors that drive teams are purpose (39%), ownership (20%), other (17%), respect and promotion (both 9%) and money (6%). - 12 Sep 2021, Development Dimensions International
6 in 10 people surveyed (or 61%) chose their employer based on their beliefs and values. - 12 Aug 2021, Edelman
Employees are between 8 and 9.5 times more likely to want to work for an organisation that takes a stand and demonstrates commitment in human rights, healthcare access, economic inequality, gender equality and / or climate change issues. One-third of survey respondents have left organisations that failed to take a stand on important societal or political issues.    - 12 Aug 2021, Edelman
35% of UK employees have considered leaving their current job due to stress. - 1 Apr 2021, Investors in People
59% of UK employees said that work has impacted their mental health at some point in their careers. - 1 Apr 2021, Investors in People
36% of UK workers say their workplace supports mental wellbeing. - 1 Apr 2021, Investors in People
Workplace stress in the UK workforce is caused by workload (40%), poor management (21%) or challenging targets (12%). - 1 Apr 2021, Investors in People
41% of social care workers have considered leaving their current job due to stress, whereas 77% of law enforcement workers have never considered quitting for this reason. - 1 Apr 2021, Investors in People
30% of organisations said that embedding a purpose-led culture was a top priority for 2021. - 21 Jan 2021, Inspiring Workplaces & Roundel
Someone working for a company with open and effective management is 50% more likely to stay for three years. They're 34% more likely to stay where employees are empowered, compared to someone at a company seen as giving employees less influence and autonomy. - 20 Nov 2019, LinkedIn
The most important attributes of a strong workplace culture are: respect and fairness (39%), trust and integrity (23%), and teamwork (9%). - 1 May 2019, Speakap
74% of U.S. and U.K. employees say workplace culture is important to them, but only 40% reported having a positive work culture at their company. 58% would take a job with a competing company if the new company had a better culture. - 1 May 2019, Speakap
63% of US workers say business culture directly impacts an organization's success. The majority of U.S. workers believe culture influences much of their job performance – doing their best work (77%), their productivity and efficiency (76%) and their ability to best serve customers (74%). - 19 Mar 2019, Eagle Hill Consulting
Almost three-quarters of US workers said they'd be more likely to work for a company with a green footprint. - 15 Feb 2019, Swytch
63% of US employees wouldn't accept a job without first knowing that the organization is actively inclusive of women, minorities and people with disabilities. - 1 Oct 2018, Staples

Stats on why people make a career change

49% of people said the pandemic has made them want a clearer sense of purpose and 38% has said it has made them want to have a social impact in their job. - 1 Oct 2022, Escape the City
61% of people surveyed said the pandemic has affected their future career aspirations. 73% said it had made them reevaluate their path and 67% said it had changed what was important to them in their career decisions. - 1 Oct 2022, Escape the City
Nine out of ten individual contributors feel stressed at work. The biggest causes of stress at work was finding the time to get everything done and navigating office politics. - 12 Sep 2021, Development Dimensions International
57 percent of employees have left a job because of their manager. 14 percent have left multiple jobs because of their managers and a further 32 percent have seriously considered leaving because of their manager. - 12 Sep 2021, Development Dimensions International
59% of people surveyed left their jobs to find a better values fit, nearly twice as high as for reasons of finding better compensation or career advancement (31 %). 50% of people surveyed have a lifestyle aspect in their desire to change jobs (50 percent). - 12 Aug 2021, Edelman
The leading drivers of career change are not related to COVID-19: 57% of respondents wanted more choice and to try something new; 38% stated wellbeing and needing more work/life balance; and 34% stated salary and looking to earn more money. - 26 Aug 2020, Find Courses
The top five reasons people change career are: wanting better pay (47%), their job is too stressful (39%), want a better work-life balance (37%), wanted a new challenge (25%), no longer passionate about the field (23%). - 13 Dec 2019, Joblist
The top five reasons people change career are: being unhappy in previous job / sector (81%), wanting greater flexibility (79%), wanting to earn more money (79%), not feeling challenged or satisfied (78%), wanting more opportunities for advancement (77%). - 30 Oct 2019, Indeed

Stats on number of people planning to change jobs

53% of people wanted to change their careers entirely, with 79% wanting to work in a new field. 43% of people were looking to retrain in a new profession, 31% were interested in starting up their own businesses and 21% in transitioning to a freelance career. - 1 Oct 2022, Escape the City
When asked the types of organisation people wanted to work for, 69% said a social enterprise, 67% a non-profit or charity, and 54% wanted to work within sustainability or conservation. Only 13% of people wanted to work in finance or banking, 5% manufacturng and £% law. - 1 Oct 2022, Escape the City
The pandemic has driven major changes in labour market participation in the UK. There has been a shift of about half a million women from working part-time to full-time since the pandemic began. - 23 Nov 2021, Resolution Foundation / LSE
46 % of Millennials (aged 25-40) plan to move to a new job in the next 12 months. Baby Boomers (aged 57-75) are the least likely to be on the job hunt next year at 19%. - 9 Nov 2021, GoodHire
Almost a quarter (24%) of employees surveyed in the UK say they plan to move jobs within the next three to six months. - 5 Nov 2021, Randstad
36% of people in sales and 46% of call centre workers surveyed said they planned on leaving the industry within the next 3-6 months. 84% of those surveyed in the construction industry said they wouldn’t consider leaving the industry. - 5 Nov 2021, Randstad
Almost 7 in every 10 employees (69%) surveyed said they felt confident to move to a new job in the next couple of months. Only 16% of workers describe themselves as worried about trying to get a new job. - 5 Nov 2021, Randstad
1 in 5 people globally have left their jobs or plan to do so within the next 6 months. - 12 Aug 2021, Edelman
39% of those considering a new profession want to make a difference in their new career. - 30 Oct 2020, Now Teach
32% of employees plan to change jobs this year. - 23 Jul 2019, Careerbuilder
58% of next gen workers are looking to change companies in 2019. - 31 Jan 2019, The Muse

Stats on how people make a career change

There has been a 58% increase in applications of horticultural work-based training programmes as people consider post-pandemic career options - 14 Dec 2021, Capel Manor
A significant number of horticulture apprentice applicants were career changers with 25-34 year olds accounting for 39% of applicants and 35-44 year olds for 17%. Around half (49%) were women. - 14 Dec 2021, Capel Manor
12% of UK adults say they plan to turn a hobby into a second source of income, while 8% hope that a hobby will become a career. This is equivalent to 10.8 million UK adults, who plan to add to their incomes or make a full-time career from what started out as a hobby. - 1 Apr 2021, Aviva

Stats on people making a career change

4.3 million people left their jobs in August 2021 in the USA. - 12 Nov 2021, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
30% of UK professionals have changed jobs in the past year since the pandemic began. Of these 38% completely changed roles, industry and company, while 20% remained at the same company, but changed roles. - 23 Mar 2021, TopCV
75% of survey participants stated the pandemic had altered their career plans. 49% said recent events had caused them to reflect on what they wanted from their career or employer, prompting them to look for other job opportunities. - 23 Mar 2021, TopCV
34% of those making new career plans were made redundant or furloughed during the pandemic. 18% have had to look for work outside their field or industry until the market recovers. - 23 Mar 2021, TopCV
Of those changing roles in the past year, the most popular areas for their next role were operations and general management (18%), healthcare (15%) and engineering and construction (14%). - 23 Mar 2021, TopCV
67% of those who have started working in a different industry following Covid-19 believe the skills they already had were of use. - 11 May 2020, TotalJobs
Of 662 full-time U.S. workers surveyed, 49% have made a dramatic career shift and among those who haven’t, 65% say they’re either thinking about, or previously considered, switching. - 30 Oct 2019, Indeed
The average worker in Britain considers changing career ten times per year, and nearly 20% are currently thinking about retraining. - 1 Sep 2019, Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

Stats on wanting a better work life balance

69% of Gen Z (aged 18-24) is not satisfied with their work-life balance, which is the lowest satisfaction rate of all generations. This is followed by Baby Boomers (aged 57-75) at 63%, Gen X (aged 41-56) at 55%, and Millennials (aged 25-40) at 48%, who are the most satisfied with work-life balance. - 9 Nov 2021, GoodHire
69% of workers want to see a greater focus on work life balance when work returns to ‘normal’. - 11 May 2020, TotalJobs
24% of UK workers find it difficult to relax in their personal time because of their job and 26% report that work affects personal commitments. - 1 Jun 2019, CIPD
41% say they'd take a 10% pay cut for an organisation that cares more about their wellness. 78% of employees feel employers have a responsibility to keep them mentally and physically well. - 1 Oct 2018, Staples

Stats on people wanting a career change due to Covid-19

44% of 18-34-year-olds do not want to work the way they did before the pandemic. Over half (54%) of those surveyed consider the shift to more freelance working as a good thing for graduates, school leavers and new entrants into the world of work. - 3 Nov 2021, Sonovate
Over three-quarters of Britons have re-evaluated their lives during Covid. More than a third of the 2,000 people surveyed for Global Future said they had thought about changing jobs, while a separate third had looked at moving house. One in 10 people said they had looked at moving abroad. Less than one in 10 had considered breaking up with their partner or starting a new relationship. - 12 Jul 2021, Global Future
Three fifths (60%) of UK workers intended to make changes to their careers, in response to the Covid situation. - 1 Apr 2021, Aviva
One in ten (11%) of those aged 25-34 are seeking a change because the pandemic has fundamentally altered their current jobs. - 3 Feb 2021, City and Guilds & Burning Glass Technologies
46% of workers across all industries are considering new roles as a result of the pandemic. - 27 Aug 2020, KPMG & Financial Services Skills Commission
44% of financial services workers surveyed are considering a career change in light of the pandemic. 13% won’t return to the sector due to long hours and commutes. - 27 Aug 2020, KPMG & Financial Services Skills Commission
COVID-19 has prompted 35% of survey respondents to decide to make a career change. - 26 Aug 2020, Find Courses
41% of survey respondents aged 25-34 and 43% of those aged 55+ are more likely to decide to change careers due to COVID-19 than other age groups. - 26 Aug 2020, Find Courses
Reasons for considering moving roles due to the pandemic are: a lack of jobs in the industry respondents currently work in (25%), current jobs only ever taken on as temporary work (13%) and having plans already in motion for changing careers pre-pandemic (31%). - 12 Jun 2020, Adecco Group
29% of the UK’s workforce is considering a significant career change after the coronavirus crisis has subsided. 16% are already in the process of retraining for a new career while in lockdown. - 12 Jun 2020, Adecco Group
41% of Brits are considering quitting their jobs for more fulfilling work when the pandemic is over. One in five of those is looking for a career change, into the medical front line. - 1 May 2020, Slater Gordon

Stats on age of people making a career change

People aged under 25 are most likely to want to make changes to their work plans in the next 12 months as a result of the pandemic, with 87% re-evaluating their careers. - 1 Apr 2021, Aviva
Those in the 25-34 age group are most likely to want to retrain (14%) compared to 10% across all age groups) or follow a completely different career path (14% vs 9% all ages) - 1 Apr 2021, Aviva
Over one in ten (11%) of those aged 50 or older are interested in changing career in the next five years. - 30 Oct 2020, Now Teach
40% of 18 to 24 year olds and 25% of those aged 45 to 54 years are considering a change in role post pandemic. - 12 Jun 2020, Adecco Group
The average age of career changers in the US is 39. - 30 Oct 2019, Indeed
People below the age of 35 years are more likely to change jobs. From 2017 to 2018, 51% of 16-to-20-year-old job changers switched jobs from a part-time job to another part-time job. - 29 Apr 2019, ONS

Random - Smiley stats

Seven out of 10 (68%) UK adults report they have learned new practical skills or improved on existing abilities as a result of time spent during lockdown. The majority of people (69%) who have learned a new skill or started a new hobby during lockdown have kept up with it. - 1 Apr 2021, Aviva
Employees have six office romances, 812 arguments at work and will brew 7,989 rounds of tea or coffee for themselves or their colleagues. - 2 Oct 2018, Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

Stats on jobs available post Covid-19

Two thirds (65%) of Britain’s working population expect the job market to be worse in 2021 than it was in 2020. - 3 Feb 2021, City and Guilds & Burning Glass Technologies
Employers that embrace the flexible working revolution post the Covid-19 pandemic could boost applications from women for top jobs by as much as 20%. - 17 Nov 2020, Zurich
Between October 9th and 16th the total number of online job adverts was at 66% of the average of 2019. - 22 Oct 2020, ONS

Stats on job uncertainty due to Covid-19

Professional network The Dots, which focuses on the creative industries and advertises positions at magazines, museums, fashion brands and social media companies, has seen a 143% increase in applications for every role it posts. - 5 Dec 2020, Guardian
Nearly 5 million workers over the age of 50 (36%) are worried about their job as a result of Covid. - 30 Oct 2020, Now Teach

Stats on time it takes to make a career change

11 months is the average time career changers think about making a career change before making it. 83% plan their career change in advance. - 30 Nov 2019, Indeed

Stats on financing a career change

58% of US career changers are willing to take a pay cut to switch careers. - 30 Oct 2019, Indeed

Stats on when people change jobs

On average, around 9% of people changed jobs each year between 2000 and 2018. - 29 Apr 2019, ONS