The 2013/14 Michael Page Australia Salary & Employment Forecast reveals a range of reasons for professionals to leave their current role over the coming year.
Based on the responses of more than 1,800 employers across the professional sector, the forecast indicates that employers anticipate many motives for staff to leave their company in the next 12 months. These include improving salary, as stated by 30% of surveyed employers, broadening experience/opportunity to learn (28%), gaining more seniority (13%) and achieving better work-life balance (10%).
Mr Simon Meyer, Managing Director of PageGroup in Australia believes that hiring activity is likely to be subdued for the remainder of 2013 as some companies continue to implement restructuring plans to adjust to the current challenging market conditions, but there will be a focus on replacement hiring.
Mr Meyer adds that businesses will need to remain focused on talent management to ensure their best employees are retained as conditions improve.
According to surveyed employers, promoting a strong company culture is the most popular tool for attraction and retention (31%), followed by work-life balance options (21%). The most popular option to support work-life balance is flexible work arrangements (82%). Structured career progression (20%) and recognition and rewards (18%) are also highly ranked tools for attraction and retention.
Also, 59% of respondents will be awarding salary increases based on performance to retain staff, with 74% indicating that the average percentage salary increase is likely to be in the range of 3-5%. Some 60% of surveyed employers also currently include a bonus as part of their team members’ remuneration packages and for 35% of respondents, bonuses average 6-10% of gross salary.
The complete Salary & Employment Forecast is available on the Michael Page Australia website.