This year, they are changing jobs

Jhe sense that things are changing on the job market: people are giving themselves permission to consider another professional life and are daring to take the plunge, make their wishes come true, which was inconceivable for many ten years ago. » Marie Oliveau knows what she is talking about. The recruitment firm she founded, Talent sur mesure, has been supporting executives and non-executives who wish to develop their careers towards more flexible work for ten years. A study by Dares, the statistical service of the Ministry of Labor, confirms this: on the rise since the third quarter of 2021, resignations reached an unprecedented peak in early 2022, at 470,000. This is twice the number of people whose trial period was not renewed, and almost three times more than the number of dismissals.

Should we speak of a “great resignation”, as in the United States? “It is above all a catch-up effect, believes Dorian Roucher, deputy director of Dares. The Covid had forced those who wanted to leave their post to postpone their project. These massive departures also illustrate an inversion of bargaining power between employers and employees, who change companies for better pay, more flexibility…because recruitment needs are significant. »

According to INSEE, the employment rate, which measures a country’s ability to use its human resources, has reached a higher level in France than before Covid, unlike in the United States. However, the pandemic has indeed been there, notes Céline Bauduin, consultant at the Association for the Employment of Executives (Apec). “I sense in the people I accompany a greater quest for meaning, flexibility in their professional life, balance with their personal life, even the desire to return to their region of origin. I also note the need to change jobs to turn to concrete activities, like this economist who set up a cabinetmaking company. » Many come out of a burnout “or reject the mental overload linked to their work, of which they became aware during the confinements”.

Other explanations also exist, such as a more distanced relationship to work but also the growing desire to change paths, or even to create a business. In the Apec surveys, four out of ten executives say they are ready to leave the workforce, especially among those under 35. Gilles Gateau, director general of Apec, sees “the mark of a desire, especially among the youngest, to get out of conventional patterns, to gain more autonomy”. He also notes that “retraining projects are now happening earlier and earlier after the start of a career, and not just in the forties, as before”.

This phenomenon of resignations and/or reconversions is not without its challenges. For those changing careers, “You need a strong motivation, emphasizes Céline Bauduin. It takes time, and sometimes money, to fund training. This can cause temporary loss of income. And it’s not always easy to get back to studying. You must be aware “.

On the employers’ side, resignations send a signal, analyzes Marie Oliveau. “These new people demands, which are making recruiting more difficult today, may help make the company more agile and human-centric. They can also allow him to take advantage of these other forms of work to unearth skills that are ultimately better suited to his needs. It’s an opportunity. »


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