Over 7m workers will resolve to find a new job in the new year, and 54 per cent will make a career-related promise

Hayley Kirton
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Just less than half of those making a career-related resolution are planning on finding a new job (Source: Getty)

Employers be warned: a large chunk of your staff might be using New Year's Day not to nurse a hangover, but to polish their CV.

Research published today by CV-Library has estimated 7.7m workers will resolve to leave their job in 2016. That's just shy of a quarter of the 31.2m people in work, according to Office for National Statistics figures

Vowing to shape up at the gym seems to have been replaced with promising to shape up at the office, with 54 per cent of the approximately 3,300 workers surveyed planning to make a career-related New Year's resolution. However, of those planning to pledge a job-related promise, 46 per cent said they want to find a new job.

Hardly surprising when nearly one in three of those questioned said they returned to work in January feeling unhappy about their job.

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"Businesses need to be prepared to pull out all the stops in 2016," said Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library.

"They’ll need to work hard to hold on to talented employees, as well as fighting to draw in the best new candidates.

"With workers choosing to leave their jobs in 2016 in the knowledge that they hold all the cards, employers have a challenge ahead of them when it comes to January. However, ensuring that workers feel valued and supported is a good place to start."

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