Over half of learning professionals are unhappy in their jobs

More than three quarters of the UK’s learning professionals wish to change jobs primarily because they are bored or simply not stretched.  

The learning professional’s annual work and salary study released today by specialist recruitment consultants  Blue Eskimo reveals that the numbers looking to change role are at an all-time high, up from 67 per cent in last year’s survey to 78 per cent this year.

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The top reason for wanting to change job this year for almost a third (31 per cent) of respondents is the desire for a more interesting role, up from 28 per cent in last year’s study. Almost half of respondents (44 per cent) said they do not feel stretched or challenged in their current role, up from 37 per cent in the previous year. More pay (23 per cent) and better career prospects (16 per cent) are the next most popular motivations to move job.

Now in its eighth year, Blue Eskimo’s benchmark study was conducted among 694 learning professionals (predominantly UK-based and working across all levels of training, e-learning and L&D departments) from November-December 2015.​

Pay levels across the permanent marketplace remain broadly static. Around half (51 per cent) of respondents did not receive a pay rise, while 46 per cent of respondents feel their current pay is lower than the industry average compared wit

The learning industry remains a well paid sector with 68 per cent of respondents earning above £30,000 compared with the UK national average of £26,411 (source Monster). Employee commitment levels remain high evidenced by an increase in working hours with 38 per cent of people now putting in more than five hours of unpaid extra work each week compared with 31 per cent last year.

Blue Eskimo is at stand M13 at Learning Technologies conference and exhibition, 3–4 February 2016 at Olympia, London.


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