Up To 70% of Americans Plan to Leave Their Current Jobs Post Pandemic

More Than 20% of Americans Will Be More Open to New Job Opportunities Following Pandemic, Even if They Are Not Actively Looking

Business person looking at wall with light tunnel opening conceptPHILADELPHIA, PA, May 21, 2021 – Job transitions may be on the horizon for many Americans once the COVID-19 pandemic ends, according to a new survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Yoh. The survey, which polled more than 2,000 adults, found that only 3-in-10 Americans say they will stay in their current job once the pandemic subsides. Further, more than 20% of respondents report being open to new opportunities in the coming year, even if they’re not actively looking.

The findings in this survey speak to the challenges many employees had with professional development during the upheaval of the last year. As the findings in this survey show, those businesses that do not increase their focus on employee retention and recruitment will risk losing top talent and fall behind in the battle to attract highly skilled workers. Respondents’ likelihood to say they are actively seeking new job opportunities is directly tied to both income and education level. Respondents holding college degrees are nearly twice as likely to stay in their current jobs compared to respondents with high school degrees or less (440% vs. 21%) Those making an annual income of $100,000 or more are also more likely (40%) to stay in their current jobs than those making $75,000-$99,999 (29%), $50,000 - $74,999 (31%) and less than $50,000 (22%).

“Work environments and the needs of employees have drastically evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic and the findings from this survey underscore the need for employers to reevaluate their practices in order to retain talent,” said Emmett McGrath, President of Yoh. “While many had to trim budgets, benefits and workplace culture offerings over the past year, now is the time to reconsider the programs and offerings in place to keep employees motivated and engaged. Especially for those hard-to-find, highly skilled workers, now is the time to invest in their careers or else companies risk losing their best talent.”

Beyond education and compensation level, the survey also found that gender and an employee’s generation cohort impact their career trajectory decisions after the pandemic ends.

  • Men are more likely to stay in current role than women: While 34% of the males surveyed are expected to stay after the pandemic, only 27% of the females are planning to do the same.
  • Those in the 18-34 age group are currently looking for a new job: Almost a quarter (22%) of millennials are in search of new job opportunities compared to those in the 35-44 age bracket (15%).

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This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Braithwaite Communications from May 5 – 7, 2021 among 2,064 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact Joe McIntyre at

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