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Insight: Perceptions of Job Hopping in Southeast Asia
February 9, 20225:38 pm2221 views
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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.
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.