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MRINetwork - Workers still look to change jobs

December 16 2008

Workers are just as interested in changing jobs now as they were two years ago despite the slower economy, according to MRINetwork, a subsidiary of Philadelphia-based staffing and technical services company CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI).

MRINetwork said 15% of workers look for other opportunities as soon as they start a job, 16% wait a year or two and the rest hold off until they become dissatisfied, according to a survey it conducted in November. The company said the results are the same as from an earlier study done in September 2006.

"Conventional wisdom has always said that in a shaky economy, workers will be extremely hesitant to change jobs, fearing that if layoffs occur after the jump they'll be the first to go," said Tony McKinnon, president of MRINetwork. "While taking a job from a career board might not be safe, if you are approached by a recruiter regarding a position in a slow economy, it signifies that this job opening is of the highest importance to the company and that it likely will be one of the very last to be let go."

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