Lack of career progression is the main reason professionals leave a role


According to a recent Robert Walters survey, lack of career progression is the main reason for professionals leaving a role in all countries surveyed throughout Europe. Almost 6,700 professionals across Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland were surveyed on a variety of employment related issues including working habits, work/life balance, job satisfaction, motivation and mentoring.

The survey revealed that 44% of professionals across Europe cited lack of career progression as the main reason for leaving a role. Out of the possible reasons, disappointing salary review/bonus ranked last, with only 11% of individuals citing this as the primary reason to leave a job. Ireland mirrored these results with 47% of professionals prepared to move jobs as a result of poor career progression and 13% as a result of poor salary review/bonus.

Louise Campbell, Managing Director at Robert Walters Ireland, says: “Contrary to popular belief, salary is not the main factor in retaining staff. If people feel there is little or no progression in their current company, they will look elsewhere in spite of a generous remuneration package.”

In Ireland, the banking & financial services sector had the highest volume of professionals citing lack of career progression as the main reason for leaving a role at 31%. 21% of Irish professionals indicated that a difficult manager/boss would be the primary cause for leaving a role, while 13% would leave as a result of a disappointing salary review/bonus.

Louise Campbell says: “In order to attract and retain top talent, it is essential for organisations to have a defined career path for individuals in order to improve their employer brand and become an employer of choice. As market conditions improve and career opportunities open up, employees will be far less inclined to stay in a role which does not offer clear and measurable progression.”

For more information please contact:

Anita Duignan, Marketing Administrator
Tel: +353 (0)1 673 0817

Louise Campbell, Managing Director
Tel: +353 (0)1 673 0801

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