UK employees happy to leave their job without having a plan in place

More than one in ten employees would be happy to leave their job, without even knowing what the alternative would be.

This is according to a survey conducted by Ladbrokes, a British betting and gambling company, who found that 13 per cent would be happy to take a chance and leave their current role for an unknown future.

Employees from the PR sector would be most likely to quit their job without any plans in place with 22 per cent saying they would do this. This number rises to 39 per cent when they are able to pick where they go next.

The top 10 sectors where employees would leave without a plan in place is:

  1. Marketing and PR, 22 per cent
  2. Sales at 21.7 per cent
  3. Manual Labourer at 18.9 per cent
  4. Retail at 18.8 per cent
  5. Civil servant at 17.7 per cent
  6. Accounts at 17.7 per cent
  7. Lawyer at 17.6 per cent
  8. Teacher at 17.2 per cent
  9. Operational at 17 per cent
  10. Finance at 16.1 per cent


The research also found that 25 to 34-year-olds are most likely to leave their jobs whilst 55 to 64-year-olds are least likely to take this gamble as they approach retirement.

Those who are self-employed (17 per cent), accountants (19 per cent) and company directors (19 per cent) are least likely to choose a new career path.

Women came in slightly higher than men in their willingness to leave their role if they knew what the alternative would be (22 per – 21 per cent), however, men were more likely to leave their job if they did not know what they would be doing.

John Hill, PR manager at Ladbrokes, said:

We can all be guilty of moaning about our jobs and lots of us think about changing careers when things start to get too much, but it’s interesting to see that such a high percentage would be happy to gamble their career for the unknown.

It’s also revealing to note see that 25 to 34-year-olds are most likely to risk a random change, and that two of the top three jobs UK employees most want to ‘twist’ on are office-based, rather than exposed to the elements.

The Ladbrokes survey asked 2,000 people and was conducted by TFL, a research company which aims to improve customer experience.





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.