Boris Johnson victory leads to resignations as UK employees plan to leave job due to boss

As senior resignations emerge from the Conservative Party due to Boris Johnson being elected new leader of the party as well as Prime Minister, studies find that over a third of UK employees plan to leave their job in the very near future due to lack of leadership as they believe their boss does not inspire them, fails to listen to them or create a clear structure.

This research was constructed by Jobrapido, a job search engine which found that 36 per cent of UK employees are planning to leave their job. If you expand the time limit to 12 months, 66 per cent of UK employees are planning to leave their company due to their boss’s poor leadership.

This news comes as UK businesses are finding it difficult to attract and retain talent with statistics from Eurostat stating there is a 2.7 vacancy rate in the UK, one of the highest levels in the past decade.

Boris Johnson’s victory on the 23rd July 2019 provoked some well known Tory MPs to resign from their positions. The list includes:

  • Philip Hammond, chancellor of the exchequer
  • Sir Alan Duncan, foreign office minister
  • Rory Stewart, international development secretary
  • Mohammed Amin, chairman of the Conservative Muslim forum


When UK employees were asked what characteristics their boss could display to make them want to stay in their role, nearly half (47 per cent) said a boss should inspire their staff.  As well as 39 per cent a boss showing the ability to listen is important. A tenth (10 per cent) also said bosses should provide a clear structure for all their staff.

Rob Brouwer, CEO of Jobrapido said:

In UK, the demand is becoming vigorously strong and far outstripping the supply for talent. There is clearly a need for bosses, line manages and HR departments to pay even more attention to the need not only to attract the best talents on the market but, once on board, to look at all the way to engage and retain them.

The issue can arise because staff and senior management, whilst technically brilliant at the job and or excellent at running a business, have never received training of how to lead, manage and nurture the careers of other members of their team.

This research was put together by asking 1,444 employees across more than 20 different industry sectors.

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Darius is the editor of HRreview. He has previously worked as a finance reporter for the Daily Express. He studied his journalism masters at Press Association Training and graduated from the University of York with a degree in History.