We'd like to switch jobs, but are too scared to do so
Wednesday 20 June 2012
Some 75% of workers in the Netherlands would like to change jobs but are too scared to do so because of the possible consequences, according to new research for the social affairs ministry.
Losing a permanent contract is the major stumbling block for 54% of workers, 51% fear the loss of job security and 44% worry about a smaller pay cheque, the research shows.
The results of the research were presented by social affairs minister Henk Kamp at a conference on labour mobility in Utrecht on Wednesday. Kamp hopes planned reforms to redundancy law, making it easier and cheaper to sack staff, will encourage greater labour mobility.
The survey showed the main motivation for wishing to change jobs is money (55%), followed by a new challenge (49%) and remaining motivated (37%).
The research also showed that 91% of workers are prepared to undergo an annual health check but only 50% thought the results should remain secret from their employers. At the moment, some 13% of companies offer staff health screening.
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