Most Workers Happy to Switch to Employer's Competitor

  • By Kim Ki-hong

    March 10, 2017 13:25

    About half the people who change jobs go to work for a competitor of their previous employer's, an online poll suggests.

    Employment portal Job Korea recently polled 926 workers and found that 47.8 percent of those who had changed jobs moved to rival companies. Some 40.2 percent said they were offered a better job by a competitor.

    Asked what they would do if they are offered a job by a competitor of their current employer's, 75.7 percent said they would take it if the salary and working conditions are better. But some 20.8 percent said they would not because it would be unethical.

    The main reason workers change jobs is pay with 53.1 percent. Other reasons are dissatisfaction with the previous job (41.7 percent), to improve their skills and career (36.8 percent) and to balance work and family (16.2 percent). Respondents were able to give multiple answers.

    "In a recession a lot of companies try to hire skilled people from other companies rather than training their own," said a Job Korea staffer. “Changing jobs to a rival company is a good way to continue building their career, but they need to be careful because it can look unethical."

    A growing number of workers are headhunted, with 55.2 percent of all respondents saying they have been offered a new job by a headhunter. Some 16.8 percent said they would definitely consider the offer if the pay is better. 

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