As the new year unfolds, a surprising trend is emerging among UK workers – a steadfast commitment to their current jobs.

In a recent survey conducted by instantprint, the largest UK-based online printer, it was revealed that a substantial 72 percent of Brits are not considering moving jobs in 2024.

The survey, which sought insights from over 1,000 UK office workers, sheds light on the evolving attitudes toward job stability and loyalty in the face of the changing economic landscape.

Staying Put: The Landscape of Career Commitment

A quarter of respondents disclosed that they have been in their current jobs for 1-3 years, demonstrating a notable commitment to their roles. Impressively, over three-quarters of those surveyed expressed contentment in their current positions. Notably, 72 percent revealed they have no plans to move jobs this year, indicating a significant shift in the job-hopping trend observed in the past.

More than half of respondents feel they are fairly compensated, and of these, a staggering 80 percent have no intentions of changing jobs in 2024. Only 10 percent cited a potential job change as necessary for financial reasons to keep up with the cost of living.

The Age Factor: Is Job Hopping a Generation Thing?

The survey delved into the correlation between age and job commitment. Results showed that those aged 18-24 were more likely to consider moving jobs within the first six months, possibly reflecting a desire for specific work conditions or exploring opportunities early in their careers.

As age increased, commitment to current roles became more prevalent, with 35-44 year-olds being the most likely to stay in their jobs for 3-5 years. The data suggests that as employees mature, they tend to value stability and longevity in their careers.

Employee Happiness and Future Career Plans

Over 75 percent of respondents reported being happy in their current roles, emphasising a positive shift in overall job satisfaction. A significant 72 percent declared they aren’t considering moving jobs in 2024, underlining the connection between job contentment and commitment.

Looking ahead, a third of respondents plan to remain in their current jobs for the foreseeable future, while a quarter expressed a desire to stay put in 2024. Notably, 11 percent prioritise happiness over job stability, while 8 percent aim to move jobs once this year and then stay for a while.

Fair Pay for Loyalty: The Financial Factor

The survey investigated respondents’ perceptions of fair pay. More than half believe they are adequately compensated, and over 80 percent of these individuals have no plans to change jobs this year. However, those who feel underpaid are more likely to seek new opportunities, indicating that while job satisfaction is crucial, fair financial remuneration remains a significant factor in employee loyalty.

Cost of Living Impact on Career Decisions

In the context of the cost of living, 10 percent of respondents revealed they would likely need to change jobs in 2024 to maintain financial stability. Notably, 69 percent believe their current earnings are sufficient, with over 70 percent of them feeling fairly paid. Among those considering a job change due to the cost of living, half expressed dissatisfaction with their current compensation.

In a time of uncertainty, 22 percent of respondents remain unsure whether the cost of living will influence their job decisions in 2024.

The findings underscore a notable transformation in the working landscape, with UK office workers increasingly prioritising career commitment over job hopping, only considering a change when necessary. The shift towards job loyalty and contentment suggests a more stable and satisfied workforce in 2024.






Amelia Brand is the Editor for HRreview, and host of the HR in Review podcast series. With a Master’s degree in Legal and Political Theory, her particular interests within HR include employment law, DE&I, and wellbeing within the workplace. Prior to working with HRreview, Amelia was Sub-Editor of a magazine, and Editor of the Environmental Justice Project at University College London, writing and overseeing articles into UCL’s weekly newsletter. Her previous academic work has focused on philosophy, politics and law, with a special focus on how artificial intelligence will feature in the future.