The Great Resignation

In the aftermath of the pandemic, the professional world entered a period of uncertainty known as the Great Resignation.

While 2023 brought a brief sense of calm, a new trend is emerging. A survey, engaging 1,836 individuals across the UK, gives insight into the dynamics of the workforce in 2024.

The survey found that 49 percent of workers in the UK expressed feeling “quite happy” in their current roles. Despite this contentment, a significant 40% are contemplating changing jobs in 2024. This raises the question: What’s driving this desire for new opportunities?


  1. Advancement Opportunities: For 51% of respondents, the lack of personal and career development opportunities is the main reason for considering a job change. Especially in larger organisations, employees feel the pull towards other roles due to limited prospects for advancement.
  2. Salary Stagnation: Over 43% of individuals thinking about changing jobs haven’t seen a salary increase in the past year, emphasising the importance of financial recognition for job satisfaction.
  3. Flexible Working Preferences: The desire for improved flexible working arrangements is another significant motivator, reflecting a shift in expectations regarding work-life balance.



A notable finding from the survey reveals that half of the professionals surveyed are either thinking about or have already taken on second jobs. This uptick in secondary employment is primarily driven by economic challenges, particularly impacting women aged 25 to 34 earning between £30,000-£35,000.



Encouragingly, the survey signals a positive shift in employer support to alleviate financial burdens. Currently, 54% of employers are offering benefits to ease the cost of living for their employees, up from 48% in the previous year. Especially notable is the initiative taken by large organisations, offering salary enhancements, flexible work options, and one-time payments or bonuses to support their workforce during uncertain times.


The surge in job changes underscores the importance for employers to adapt and proactively address the evolving needs and priorities of their workforce. As the Great Reshuffle continues, organisations that prioritise employee satisfaction and wellbeing are likely to navigate these shifts more successfully.

Insider Tips for Jobseekers

Natalie Brian, Director of Jigsaw Specialist Recruitment, gives her expertise to job seekers

As Jigsaw Specialist Recruitment, we understand the challenges job seekers face, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. Our advice to job seekers is to:

  1. Know Your Strengths: Identify your unique skills and strengths that set you apart from others. Showcase these attributes in your CV and interviews.
  2. Research Companies: Take the time to research potential employers. Understand their values, culture, and the roles they offer. Tailor your applications to align with their specific requirements.
  3. Network: Networking is a powerful tool. Attend industry events, connect with professionals on LinkedIn, and build meaningful relationships. You never know when an opportunity may arise.
  4. Stay Positive and Persistent: Job hunting can be challenging, but staying positive and persistent is crucial. Keep refining your approach, learning from rejections, and believing in your capabilities.
  5. Embrace Continuous Learning: In a dynamic job market, continuous learning is essential. Invest in upskilling and professional development to stay relevant and adaptable.
  6. Be Open-Minded: Sometimes, the perfect opportunity may come from unexpected places. Be open to exploring different roles and industries that align with your interests and skills.
  7. Prepare for Interviews: Preparation is key to acing interviews. Research common interview questions, practice your responses, and demonstrate enthusiasm for the role.
  8. Customise Your Applications: Avoid generic applications. Tailor each CV and cover letter to highlight how you’re the ideal fit for each specific role.
  9. Seek Professional Guidance: Our recruitment experts are here to help. Partner with us to receive personalised guidance and support throughout your job search journey.
  10. Trust the Process: Finding the right job takes time and patience. Trust the process, stay committed, and remember that the perfect fit is out there, waiting for you to discover it.

For more information and to access Jigsaw Specialist Recruitment’s pool of exceptional job opportunities, you can contact us on 01202 888343 or hello@jigsawspecialist.co.uk.

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