The findings from a survey of more than 800 finance staff by recruitment consultant Robert Half International showed how far the workplace has moved away from the traditional long-service awards and gold watches.
Accountants are also looking to retire early, with two out of five expecting to retire by the age of 55 and three-quarters by 60. A healthy minority (14%) are looking to give up full-time work by the age of 50.
Although the average length of time in a job increases over the age of 30, candidates on the Robert Half register are actively looking for alternative employment after about two-and-a-half years in one position.
Steve Carter, UK Managing Director of Robert Half International, said the results showed that loyalty to an employer had broken down after successive waves of downsizing, delayering and redundancy.
‘The modern finance worker is well aware of how the jobs market operates,’ he said. ‘They know they stand a good chance of a reasonable pay rise on each job move and they are looking for widespread experience which will stand them in good stead in the future.’
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