The finding, reported by The Manufacturer, comes from a survey of 70,000 employees by recruitment firm PageGroup.
According to the research, manufacturing is second behind only the procurement, supply chain and logistics sector when it comes to workers’ willingness to leave their job in the next 12 months.
The news comes shortly after a survey of business leaders by the Institute of Directors in May, which found that skills and labour shortages were having a negative impact on nearly half (46 per cent) of UK businesses.
Companies looking to attract and retain talent are now being encouraged to look at their wider value proposition for employees, as well as traditional factors such as salary and career progression. In particular, wellbeing has emerged as a key consideration, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic.
The PageGroup survey found that 60 per cent of manufacturing workers cite work-life balance as crucial to their job satisfaction.
In 2021, a national survey found that half of manufacturers had increased their spending on health and wellbeing following the onset of the pandemic.
Supporting flexible working arrangements and establishing a culture of recognition at work are some of the most common measures recommended by experts for improving wellbeing.