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How long to stay at a company: Employers say 3 years, staff say 6 months

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Over nine in 10 (95%) of 201 employers in Singapore believe that hiring job-hoppers negatively impacts their business, citing the biggest issue the constant training of new employees.

This view certainly affects recruiting processes, as over three quarters (76%) of employers have decided not to interview someone who has had short-term jobs at previous companies. Similarly, among the respondents who have hired a known job-hopper, 43% said they regretted their decision

For the purpose of this study, conducted by Indeed, a job-hopper is defined as an individual who has held five or more jobs in a span of three years.

On the other side of the spectrum, one in six of the 1,000 employees surveyed believe that job hopping has helped further their careers, learn new skills and be more adaptable.

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This mismatch in perceptions can be a possible reason for the talent crunch faced by many companies.

While employers believed that new hires should spend at least 17 months at their company before moving to a new role, job-seekers on average considered six months as an acceptable period of time.

In fact, almost half (49%) of job seekers believed they missed out on opportunities they were qualified for due to previous short-tenure roles on their resume.

Paul Wolfe, SVP/head of global human resources at Indeed, said: “Compared to how long they stay in a job, skills, aptitude and cultural addition are all better indicators of success in a job today. Employers should review their talent acquisition process to objectively measure these attributes instead.”

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