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Employers struggle to retain managers

New figures have shown that employers are struggling to hang on to workers, despite the turbulent employment market, with more than 283,000 managers walking away from their jobs in the 12 months to September 2011.

The 2012 National Management Salary Survey, published by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and XpertHR, collected data from 38,843 individuals across 160 UK organisations. The survey revealed that nearly one in ten managers (9.4%) resigned from their jobs last year – more than twice as many as quit the year before (3.9%). Overall labour turnover for management roles – those resigning, retiring, transferring internally and being made redundant – has also increased dramatically, almost doubling from 10.5% in 2011 to 20.3% this year.

Christopher Kinsella, Acting Chief Executive of CMI, says: “Employers are struggling to recruit and to retain high quality managers. One in ten managers resigned from their jobs last year, presumably for better offers elsewhere. However, there is a risk that a substantial proportion of these managers left the profession altogether, a grave situation when UKCES/Government data estimates that the UK needs 544,000 new managers by 2020.”


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