China’s employees restless and considering job change, according to annual survey by Kelly Services

China’s employees restless and considering job change, according to annual survey by Kelly Services®

Latest Findings from Kelly Global Workforce Index™  

Many employees in China have become disengaged from their work, with less than half feeling valued by their employers, and more than one-in-three saying they frequently think about quitting, according to the latest survey results from global workforce solutions leader, Kelly Services®.

More than half of those surveyed (58 percent) say they definitely intend to look for a new job with another employer within the next year.

“Employees have experienced a period of economic uncertainty, and as a result, are restless regarding future career goals. Unless employers can offer meaningful work and ongoing opportunities for growth, many employees feel it is in their best interest to keep their careers in a perpetual state of motion,” said Mark Hall, General Manager, Professional & Technical Operations, Kelly Services China.

The findings are part of the latest survey results from the Kelly Global Workforce Index (KGWI), an annual survey conducted by Kelly Services. Almost 170,000 people in 30 countries participated in the survey, including approximately 5,600 in China.

The survey examines the factors employees use to evaluate potential employers, the people who influence their career choices, and the use of social media in making job decisions.

Results of the survey in China show:

  • Among the main workforce generations, Gen Y (aged 19-30) are the most likely to switch employers, with 60 percent planning to look for another position in the next year, compared with 56 percent of Gen X (31-48) and 51 percent of Baby Boomers (49-66).
  • Despite the signs of job restlessness, more than half (57 percent) say they are happy in their jobs.
  • Fewer than half of all respondents (44 percent) say that their current employment provides them with a sense of ‘meaning’. The ability to ‘excel or develop’ was identified by 76 percent of respondents as the key to providing a sense of meaning.
  • When considering one position over another, survey respondents cited personal fulfillment and personal growth/advancement as the two most important considerations.  Both of these attributes exceeded compensation and benefits.

Almost three-quarters (74 percent) use social media networks when making career or employment decisions.

“We see many people who are unhappy in their jobs and are actively searching for new opportunities. Others are reasonably content but are seeking greater engagement and meaning, and are prepared to walk away from situations that are not providing it,” Mark Hall concludes.

Complete findings are published in a new report, Acquisition and Retention in the War for Talent. For more information about the Kelly Global Workforce Index and key regional and generational findings, please visit the Kelly® Press Room or

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