I was just curious to see if this was recently measured. How long do people expect to stay in a new job? How long do people actually stay within an organization or in a position?
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There's so many factors that feed into employee turnover that its impossible to generalize.
Here's some examples of things that can have a huge impact:
Based on any of the variables above, the average employee stay could range anywhere from 6 months to their entire career. In fact in may even be impossible to generalize within one company, different departments in the same company may have completely different cultures and completely different turnover rates. Even in that department, the individuals will have vastly different needs and interests that may make them drastically deviate from the mean.
Really depends on the company and what they expect out of most employees. I have been at places where employees generally stick around for several decades but others where 5 years is a long time. A lot of it has to do with how much change the company is going through overall. Are they an older company that is upgrading legacy systems? Are they in an industry that is growing or shrinking? etc.
Two years minimum - or you're cheapening you CV/resume.
I was discussing this very subject with my head of operations last week, we both agreed that if a permanent candidate presented a CV with one short duration job (that was not fixed term or contract or otherwise time limited) then that's OK. If there are two jobs on the resume that lasted less than a couple of years then alarm bells would ring - but given the right technical mix they would still be considered for interview.
More than two jobs of less than two years duration in the last 5-10 years would simply suggest that investing time and money in the candidate would not be worth it.
If you do have some short appointments make sure that the reasoning behind your leaving is clearly stated - anyone can be made redundant, and it is far better to state redundancy as a reason for leaving than leaving the reason unsaid. If you are more suited to short jobs then perhaps a freelance/contract role is a better fit.
Simply put, if you want the trappings of a permanent role then you have to accept that it is for the long-term and may not always feel like the best option in the short-term.