Employment: Job Hopping

job-hoppingOnce upon a time frequently changing jobs was frowned upon. With changes in the economic climate, the stigma once associated with job hopping is not as severe as what it once was. This isn’t to say that job hopping is suited for every industry and every person.

In the past employees may have remained with the same company perhaps even in the same position until they retired. Many of us would like to have that kind of job security, though in today’s world of employment that is not always the case.

There are a variety of reasons people frequently change jobs. They may be contractors, other times it is not the person’s choice. In April 2013, UK unemployment rose to 2.56 million. For many it is more important to be employed rather than be concerned with the nature of the job and its future career prospects. This may mean taking on a number of temporary roles.

A survey carried out by career advisors, AGM Transitions, found that a third of UK business decision makers were looking to change careers in 2013. Employees want to develop their skills and progress. Some employers can cater to this change others may find that in five years’ time the employee they hired and trained no longer feels the company can cater to their career needs so finds a company that can take their career further. This could be in the way of learning new skills or an entire career change.

Attitudes towards working in general have also changed. There are many people who want to have a more equal work life balance. An option often looked for in companies by those changing jobs, is promoting remote working. A total of 59% of employers who responded to a survey in 2011 were offering teleworking, up from 13% in 2006. If a role can no longer accommodate a person’s personal life, they feel more inclined to look elsewhere.

More mums have to re-enter the work force so rely on part time opportunities, not to say a successful career cannot be forged from part time employment. All depending on the nature and demand for the role.

But how different are today’s employees to those of the baby boomer generation? According to the article Job-hopping millenials no different than their parents’, it is suggested that those of the baby boomer era job hopped almost as much as the current generation.

Job hopping can be a benefit or a hindrance. Think about some of the pros and cons before embarking on a path of job hopping.


  • Enables the worker to increase their skills base and knowledge.
  • Try out different roles until they decide which career path to follow.
  • With each move the employee may be able to negotiate more money based on their improving skills set.
  • Build up a diverse network of people.


  • Employers may be reluctant to invest time and money on an employee that is not likely to stay with the company very long.
  • If the company needs to make some job cuts, knowing your job history the employer made decide the job to go will be yours.
  • The grass may not always be greener. The job you go to next may not be the great opportunity you thought it would be.

You can also view this article on www.jobserve.com.







One thought on “Employment: Job Hopping

  1. you have to factor age into the equation as well

    when i was a youngster I was the dismay of my parents because I would quit one job when I was bored with it and try something different instead

    now that I am older (much older) I would hesitate to quit my job so readily

    once one is 50+ yr old. employers are reluctant to take you on – particularly if you have a history of not sticking any one job for long !


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