Stat of the day: 3.9%

The number of workers who resigned last year, the smallest total for five years

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Employees are staying put despite the general pay restraint, according to a new labour survey.

With the job market still pretty dead, they’re clearly willing to put up with modest pay increases (if they get an increase at all.)


The research, by the Chartered Management Institute and XpertHR, suggests that just 3.9% of staff quit their jobs in the year to the end of January. This was a fall from 4.9% the year before.


But while this suggests staff are controlling their itchy feet and choosing to lie low until the job market picks up, it is rather at odds with research published by PricewaterhouseCoopers last October. According to PwC, UK staff resignations averaged 10.4% in 2010, costing business £42bn a year. We know which one sounds more likely to us…

Find this article useful?

Get more great articles like this in your inbox every lunchtime

Want to encourage more female leaders? Openly highlight their achievements

A study shows that publicly praising women not only increases their willingness to lead, their...

Message to Davos: Don't blame lack of trust on 'society'

The reason people don't trust you is probably much closer to home, says public relations...

Dame Cilla Snowball: Life after being CEO

One year on from stepping back as boss of Britain's largest advertising agency, Dame Cilla...

How to change people's minds when they refuse to listen

Research into climate change deniers shows how behavioural science can break down intransigence.

"Paying women equally would cripple our economy"

The brutal fact: underpaid women sustain British business, says HR chief Helen Jamieson.

Why you're terrible at recruitment (and can AI help?)

The short version is you're full of biases and your hiring processes are badly designed....