GP’s 2022 Global Workforce Survey Results

Today’s workforce is planning ahead.

GP’s 2022 Global Employee Survey gathered input from thousands of employees across nine sectors and revealed that today’s workforce is actively engaged in their professional futures and careers – and is interested in pursuing new opportunities and industries despite recent waves of economic uncertainty.

This year’s survey asked respondents from around the world to share information about their current positions, including their likes and dislikes, as well as what advantages, benefits, opportunities and other value they want from their careers. According to the survey, modern employees value their careers more than their paychecks – and want options such as greater flexibility and the ability to take advantage of new and emerging business opportunities.

The survey also highlighted that around the world, today’s workforce is focused on new opportunities for professional development, reskilling and additional training – no matter where they are located. In line with this desire to pursue upskilling, the survey found that when it comes to the most motivating reasons for changing careers, global employees aligned around the top reasons for switching: better pay, feeling more fulfilled and learning something new – but also their desired fields and areas of interest. Often varies by region.

Interested in learning more? The survey findings, broken down by region, include:

United Nations
While four in five (79%) American workers say they are happy with their current job, nearly half (45%) would consider spending their next two weeks looking for a suitable offer.
The average worker (42%) would be willing to undertake an average of two years of education to change careers
Almost one in four (24%) would be willing to work for more than three years
Workers want to change their work model (34%), industry (33%) and health care benefits (31%).
A third (33%) of workers are likely to change jobs in the same sector, but more than one in four (26%) are looking to change careers entirely.
Workers ranked their work schedule (34%), better pay (34%) and career opportunities not available at their age (34%) as the most motivating reasons for changing careers.
Workers ranked problem solving (40%), organization skills (35%), decision making (34%) and teamwork (34%) as their most transferable skills.
Two-thirds of workers (66%) agree that the quality of their work decreases when they are not satisfied with their work.
Workers are most interested in STEAM technology (34%) and engineering (24%) fields.
UK
The average employee in the UK (24%) would be willing to undertake an average of two more years of schooling or training to change careers.
Only 10% are concerned about what classes they will need to take if they change careers
The most motivating reasons for changing jobs are better pay (51%), the desire to feel more fulfilled (28%) and the desire to learn something new (23%).
Employees are most interested in the “arts” part of STEAM careers (22%) – but science (20%) and technology (20%) are not far behind.
Workers ranked their organizational skills (57%), attention to detail (57%) and problem solving (56%) as their most transferable skills.
Majority (65%) agree that the quality of their work decreases when they are not satisfied with their work.
When deciding to join a company or organization, workers ranked health care benefits (35%) and collaboration and communication from upper management (31%) as the types of programs or opportunities most important to them.

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