Insight: Perceptions of Job Hopping in Southeast Asia

February 9, 20225:38 pm2221 views
Insight: Perceptions of Job Hopping in Southeast Asia
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The act of job hopping used to be an instant red flag for hiring managers in the past. One of the obvious drawbacks is that job hoppers can be a company’s biggest reason for higher hiring costs, as talents move from one role to another in a short time. But in 2022, does job hopping continue to be frowned upon among hiring decision-makers in Southeast Asia?

To answer that question, Milieu Insight conducted a survey on ‘Job Hopping’ involving 6,000 employees in Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam. Here’s more on the survey result.

What defines a ‘job hopper’ in SEA?

  • Milieu Insight survey shows that people usually consider a job hopper to be one who has stayed in his/her job for one year or less; except in Indonesia where perceptions are more diverse.

People are likely to job hop if presented with better opportunities

  • Being labelled a ‘job hopper’ may not be as consequential on one’s job prospects as before; Employee loyalty means more than their tenure at a company.
  • Respondents are generally very or somewhat likely to take up a better opportunity even if their current stint hasn’t lasted longer than a year.

See also: Majority Indian Employees are Job Hopping, Motivations Vary: LinkedIn Survey

Impressions of job hoppers in SEA among hiring decision makers

  • Respondents who indicated that they make hiring decisions in their current role are referred to as ‘hiring decision makers’ – we find out what this group thinks about job hopping, and what are some advantages and concerns they think come along with hiring job hoppers.
  • Impression of job hoppers is typically neutral; those in Singapore (33%), Thailand (27%) and Vietnam (24%) tend to feel negatively about them; Philippines especially view job hoppers positively (64%).

Concerns about job hoppers – Overall vs Those who make hiring decisions

  • ‘They will constantly be looking for better opportunities’ emerged as the top concern about those who make hiring decisions across all countries in SEA – short tenures can be problematic for companies.
  • Interestingly, next on the list for those who make hiring decisions in Singapore is ‘They might lack loyalty’ (67%), but much less a concern for those in Thailand (26%) and Indonesia (33%).

Advantages of job hoppers – Overall vs Those who make hiring decisions

  • Not all is bad about job hoppers – they are valued for their diverse experiences which can bring more perspectives to the company.
  • Opinions about their resilience is split – some see it as a concern about job hoppers, while others see them as resilient to changes in the working environment; assumptions about job hoppers are broadly 1) they are resilient to changes, which explains their adventurous nature or, 2) they lack the resilience to stay in a job when faced with challenges.

Read also: Pros and Cons of Job Hopping to Seek Upward Mobility in Career

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