Complacency over staff investment could backfire on employers, who potentially face a sharp rise in employee turnover during 2015, says Paul Mawdsley, managing director of Eccleston based recruitment agency Mawdsley People.

A survey by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) shows that 37 per cent of workers and managers plan to move jobs in 2015, a big jump on 2014/13 levels.

Likewise, the forecast is reflected in latest research by Investors in People (IIP) which shows 57 per cent of the UK workforce are considering moving jobs in the year ahead.

“These are alarming statistics for local employers,” warns Paul, who said “the findings are absolutely no surprise, and this trend is indicative of the improving economic climate.”

“As the economy grows stronger, the dynamics are shifting and the power is turning in favour of employees.  Now people want better prospects and a chance to develop and progress with more training, it’s not just about better pay.”

The ILM survey found that 59 per cent of 1,000 workers and managers nationally wanted better development opportunities and half would be tempted by a more interesting role.

Worryingly, the main reason for the desire to change jobs was lack of job satisfaction, and feeling undervalued and unappreciated by their managers.

“Over the last six years of the great banking recession, employers have made the mistake of putting employee investment on hold, and this has led to considerable resentment among staff.”

Paul’s message to employers is they must work that much harder to retain their best staff.

“Employers must be very careful how they treat their most valued staff.  It won’t be enough to give them a ‘psychological cuddle’ now and then, and take it for granted they’ll stay.

“Good employers will make sure that there are proper internal structures in place to allow staff to train and progress their career.  They must actively show staff they are appreciated and that their talents and efforts are recognised.”

Established in 1989, Mawdsley People (formerly People Placers) is a recruitment agency providing temporary and permanent, commercial and secretarial staff, to businesses in the Chorley, Leyland and surrounding areas.

For further information, contact Mawdsley People on 01257 450100, email or visit



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Lancashire executive recruitment specialist The Mawdsley Consultancy is marking a silver anniversary with the launch of Mawdsley People and the arrival of a new practice manager.

Based in Eccleston near Chorley, Mawdsley People supplies all levels of office personnel for local businesses across the North West.

Previously known as The People Placers, it was set up in 1989 as part of executive search and selection specialist, The Mawdsley Consultancy.

The newly relaunched business is being headed up by Julia Burridge, who has rejoined having worked for the agency previously for 13 years.

Managing director Paul Mawdsley said these are exciting times for the newly named agency.

“We recognise there is a real need locally to bring the highest standards of one-to-one advice and support to all levels of personnel recruitment.

“In particular, we welcome Julia’s return to the agency.  She brings much experience to support clients with all their local recruitment needs, for temporary or permanent administrative, clerical, secretarial and accounting staff.

“At the heart of our company ethos is our desire to build strong client relationships.  We are able to send clients only the right candidates for the role, because we take the time to properly get to know clients and the values they strive for in new staff.

“Our commitment is always to supply good quality, good value staff with a friendly, personal service, which has become our recognised trademark as one of the most experienced employment agencies in the North West.”

For further information, contact Paul Mawdsley on 01257 450100, email