Only about one in four (28%) employed Americans love their job and are unwilling to leave their employer for any reason, according to a new survey from Yoh, based on responses from over 1,000 employed adults in the U.S. On the opposite side, 14% of working Americans would like to find a new job within the next year.
Job loyalty is more prevalent in older employees — 42% of respondents aged 55 and older expressed a love for their job and an unwillingness to leave, compared to just 19% of employees between the ages of 18 and 34. And college graduates (32%) are more likely than employees with a high school degree or less (24%) to show loyalty to their current employer.
For those who would consider leaving, pay is a significant factor. More than a quarter (26%) of surveyed employees would only leave their current job over the next 12 months for a higher salary and/or better benefits. More than one in 10 employees are considering a new job because of an unsatisfactory annual raise, and 14% believe they’ll have to find a new job within the next three years if they want the raise they think they deserve.
Other, less commonly cited reasons to leave their current role within the next 12 months were to have more exciting projects to work on (7%) or get a new boss (6%), and 8% of employees believe AI adoption will force them to find a new job over the next few years. Some employees (14%) said switching jobs now is a necessary step to benefit their long-term career success.
See the full survey results from Yoh to learn more.