Talent Retention

Why Are HR Professionals Quitting?

New research shows that HR workers’ concerns aren’t being considered, forcing them to find new employers. 

By Zee Johnson 

Recent research from Ciphr found that about one in five (22%) HR professionals are likely or very likely to change jobs this year.  

The survey revealed that the top reason for the group doing so was a lack of career progression (42%), followed by improving work-life balance (39%), and feeling underpaid (31%). 

When broken down by age, 16% of workers between the ages of 35 and 44 were already in the process of job hunting, as compared to 11% for 45-and-overs and 4% for 25- to 34-year-olds. With that, 25- to 34-year-olds had the largest number of workers who were very unlikely to switch companies at 45%, compared to 28% for 35- to 44-year-olds and 30% for 45-and-overs. 

Some other reasons for workers’ urge to job hop include the following. 

  • Lack of good/effective leadership at my current job (25%). 
  • I want a more rewarding/fulfilling job (19%). 
  • I want more job security (19%). 
  • I want to gain new knowledge and skills (19%). 
  • I want to leave HR: I want a different career / to switch careers (17%). 
  • Insufficient training: I want better learning and development opportunities than my current employer offers (17%). 

Ciphr’s Chief People Officer Claire Williams says that unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for HR professionals to feel overlooked. “They often spend so much time focusing on the rest of the business that their needs aren’t always prioritised and can go unmet,” she said in a company post. “There may also be an assumption that, because they work in HR, they would naturally action their own development needs and apply best practice to themselves.” 

She says that the survey should act as a reminder to employers as to how important it is to support their HR team’s career aspirations, which will increase retention. 

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