48% of UK workers are confident post-Brexit and looking for new jobs
48% of UK workers are confident post-Brexit and looking for new jobs

Despite uncertainties brought on by the Brexit vote, almost half (48 percent) of UK workers are preparing to look for a new job.

According to new research, 43 percent of UK employees are feeling optimistic about their career prospects, despite a lack of clarity created by the Brexit vote. More than 2100 employed adults were surveyed about their careers.

More than half (54 percent) received a pay raise in 2016 compared to just 41 percent in 2014. Salary is still the primary motivation for people to look for a new job (51 percent), but other reasons were also revealed.

Almost 38 percent would move jobs for an improved work-life balance and 33 percent for a better working environment. Pensions have a major impact on workers as well with 55 percent having said a pension plan plays an important part of the decision to stay or go.

Forty-seven percent in management and 54 percent in supervisor positions now recognise a lack of skills within their organisation in comparison to 42 percent of managers and 45 percent of supervisors who observed the same trend in 2015.

Demand for IT skills overpowers supply and people are still paid well through contract work. More WebOps and DevOps roles and the clamour for data means there are more chief data officer roles and more opportunities in analytics and data integration.

More than half (51 percent) of those between the ages of 18 and 24 would move to have more opportunities to learn and develop their skills, 49 percent for career prospects and 45 percent for a better company culture. Sixty-one percent of 18-24 year olds would still move for a better salary.

“This research for 2017 shows that workers are confident to look for a new job despite the wider backdrop of leaving the EU. With machine learning and artificial intelligence we are just scratching the surface, so that market will expand,” said Andrew Gardner, senior divisional director at Reed Technology.

“The next generation is looking to the future to train and keep pace with these exciting changes. The UK has often lagged behind its overseas counterparts in terms of growing its own talent, so employers will be looking to change this as soon as possible. If employers can offer young, talented workers the opportunity to learn and help this eager generation hone their skills, then companies will attract the right talent; continuing this trend of optimism into a post-Brexit world,” Gardner said.