Quarter of UK workers actively looking to change jobs in 2023

Workers in the UK say they are stuck in a rut with almost half wishing they could move to another job.

Research issued today by international coding school, Le Wagon, found four in ten (41 percent) feel like they are on a “hamster’s wheel” when it comes to their job, with one in two (49 percent) dreaming of a career pivot.

In all ( 37 percent of those questioned said they hate what they do and wish they could quit to do something better, with 25 percent actively planning to ditch their job in January and do something more exciting.

Thirty-seven is the age we feel most stagnant in our work life with women feeling disillusioned a year earlier (37) than men (38).

Employees in their thirties are the most likely to be planning a work make-over, with four in ten (45 percent) saying they spend their days daydreaming about having a completely different job.

One in two (49 percent) would like to do something completely different, with a quarter (23 percent) admitting they have already made plans to start their own business in 2023.

Andrew Moffat, General Manager at Le Wagon UK, explained: “Our research indicates just how many people are stuck in a career rut and want to try something new. Switching your career by learning new tech skills can often seem like a huge leap, but every day at Le Wagon we see people at all stages of their life transform their career opportunities.

“Tech skills, like being able to develop an app, offer greater earning potential and flexibility in terms of remote work when compared to more traditional roles. These skills also serve as a great foundation for becoming an entrepreneur.”

When it came to the ideal job the research found a fifth (17 percent) would like to be a travel consultant, while 15 percent want to do something more creative like pen a novel. Acting (13 percent), social media influencing (12 percent), and TV presenting (11 percent) also appear in the list of dream jobs.

The technology sector proves to be a popular industry for those looking for a change – app developer (11 percent), video game designer (10 percent), web designer (10 percent) and VR/AI engineer (four percent) all feature in the nation’s dream jobs.

A third (29 percent) of the 2,000 UK individuals polled would love to start an app-based business, with one in five (19 percent) saying they have a winning idea for a new application already in mind. One in four (27 percent) admit they would like to make the move into the technology sector but don’t have the skills to make the leap.

When it comes to starting a business, half (49 percent) admit that not having to answer anyone is a motivation, while two-thirds (63 percent) are just looking for an enjoyable job that pays for their outgoings.

Four in ten (40 percent) confess they are not brave enough to make the jump into a completely different career. The biggest barriers are the fear of the unknown (60 percent), having to take a pay cut (43 percent) and getting your foot in the door (41 percent). A third (32 percent) admit that retraining puts them off.