44 Percent Workers Would Leave Their Job For One With Better Pay

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Money really does talk, suggests new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam. More than two in five workers (44 percent) said they’d leave their job for one with better pay. Among professionals in the 28 U.S. cities surveyed, those in Des MoinesClevelandPhiladelphia and Salt Lake City are most attracted by a bigger salary. In terms of gender, 47 percent of women would resign if offered more money elsewhere, compared to 40 percent of men.

Whatever the reason for leaving, employees should have a good exit plan when parting ways with a company. In a separate survey of HR managers, 83 percent said the way someone quits affects their future career opportunities.

View an infographic about quitting a job.

Workers were asked, “Thinking of your current job, what is the most likely reason you would quit?” Their responses:

For more money


For a company with a higher purpose/stronger mission


Don’t feel appreciated


Bored/unchallenged by work


Bad commute/want something closer to home


Corporate culture is not a fit


Unhappy with boss



HR managers were asked, “How does the manner in which someone quits a job affect that person’s future career opportunities?” Their responses:

Greatly affects it


Somewhat affects it


Does not affect it at all



*Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.

“Employees want to be compensated fairly and feel challenged and fulfilled in their jobs,” said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. “If higher pay is the primary reason for considering another position, professionals should first see if there is an opportunity to discuss a wage increase in their current role. Employers may be open to negotiation if it means keeping a good worker.”

Britton added, “When an employee decides to leave a company, exiting on good terms is a must. You never know when you might encounter a former colleague later in your career.”

OfficeTeam offers workers the following don’ts when quitting a job, along with advice for what to do instead:


       Do This Instead

Make a rash decision

Think carefully through the pros and cons of leaving. Have another position lined up first.

Tell your boss last

Schedule a meeting with your manager to discuss your resignation before alerting coworkers. Try to give at least two weeks’ notice.

Leave others in the lurch

Tie up loose ends on projects. Offer to help with the transition during your final days.

Burn bridges

Thank colleagues and exchange contact information with those you’d like to keep in your network.

Walk before you talk

If an exit interview is offered, provide constructive feedback in a professional manner.

About the Research

The surveys were developed by OfficeTeam and conducted by independent research firms. They include responses from more than 2,800 workers 18 years of age and older and employed in office environments in 28 major U.S. cities, and more than 300 HR managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.

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