The swing is back: 50% workforce to look for new jobs, says study

On average, candidates are applying for at least 5 jobs in a month; over 50 percent are actively looking for jobs on online platforms while 22 percent of them are looking for new opportunities

About 74 percent of job-seekers want a higher salary, while 37 percent of them are looking for better career prospects.

The beginning of the new financial year has brought new aspirations in job-seekers who want better pay, career progression and yes, work from home to continue, says Apna Bharat Back to Work survey conducted by professional network platform Apna.

Buoyed by the opening up of the market, about half of the professionals surveyed plan to switch their jobs in the coming three months, says the report, adding that as much as they are keen on changing jobs, four out of five professionals do not want to change the job profile, stated the survey conducted among 5,000 professionals in Tier I and Tier-II cities.

On average, candidates apply for at least 5 jobs in a month; over 50 percent actively look for jobs on jobs platforms. While 22 percent of them constantly keep looking for new opportunities, 30 percent job-seekers search once every alternate month.

About 74 percent of job-seekers want a higher salary, while 37 percent of them are looking for better career prospects. Besides money they are also looking for amenities like medical insurance for the whole family, additional benefits like creche for children among other things.

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Work from home (WFH) is definitely here to stay, says the report, adding that Indian women are increasingly looking for WFH opportunities that give them the option to balance their professional and domestic responsibilities. The number of seeking WFH jobs is much higher as compared to men mainly because of the advantage of flexi working hours.

Karna Chokshi, Chief Operating Officer, apna.co, in a statement, said “The rising workforce is the backbone of any business today and it is important for organizations to ensure their growth. We are certain that employers will take the findings of the survey seriously and support us in improving the working standards for the rising workforce.”

The survey found that professionals in Tier I cities are more ambitious while Tier II employees look for higher pay; graduates or freshers are content with jobs that align with their education.

The study found that Data Entry and Back Office work are the top two preferred areas for job seekers.

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