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Businesses are being warned about the 7.7 million workers in the UK that are planning to get a new job in 2016.

The study by CV-Library found that over half of workers (54.1%) plan to make a New Year's resolution regarding their career. And almost a third (30.5%) admitted that the thought of going back to work in January makes them feel unhappy about their jobs.

Nearly half (46%) of those who said they will be making a New Year's resolution ranked 'getting a new job' as their priority in 2016. Coupled with figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that showed that there are now 31.2 million workers in the UK, CV-Library's survey suggests that around 7.7 million people will be on the look-out for new jobs in the New Year.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “It’s unfortunate that a huge proportion of the UK’s professionals are unhappy in their jobs. However, there is no escaping the fact that, as a result of this unhappiness, many employees will be looking for a new job in the New Year. Businesses need to be prepared to pull out all the stops in 2016; 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. Now is the time for businesses to have a close look at their retention strategies; if not, they could find themselves losing talented workers. They should also be ready to make the most of the January job-hunt boom, as it could be a real opportunity to on-board skilled professionals. ”