‘The Great Resignation’: Should you stay or should you go?

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The job market is booming compared to last year; vacancies are on the rise which means people are leaving current jobs to explore new opportunities. ‘The Great Resignation’ is upon us. 

But should you stay or should you go?


What is it? 

‘The Great Resignation’ is essentially a lot of people within the same period of time resigning from their current places of work to move somewhere else. It’s happening more so now because there is an increase in open jobs, meaning that people have a wider opportunity to do this than before. Plus, the events over the past 18+ months could have changed people’s situation or given them more time to reflect on what they want to do. 

It’s a candidate-led market; people have more choice and can be selective. This also means employers need to try harder to attract and retain the very best talent otherwise they could lose them. 


What should you do first? 

If you are thinking about leaving your current role, you need to ask yourself why; is it money, career progression, job satisfaction, changes in your personal life or something else? 

Sometimes people stay in roles longer than they should because they are too comfortable and the thought of taking a leap doesn’t attract them.  

Yes, if you are content but still stimulated whilst working then staying put isn’t a bad thing. However, if you believe you could offer more elsewhere then considering a move may be a good idea for you. 

Before you make a decision on whether you should stay or look at alternative possibilities, you should ask yourself some questions to help you make a rounded decision… 


Ask yourself… 
  • Am I happy in my role most of the time? 
  • Am I being paid for my worth and what I bring to the table and how does this compare to the market average? 
  • Do I want to learn new things and does my current company have the capacity to facilitate this? 
  • Is there a solid career progression path for me to follow? 
  • Do I feel challenged or is every day the same and monotonous?  
  • Do I receive benefits at my company that work for me and my lifestyle? 
  • Am I comfortable in my current working environment?  
  • Does the industry I work in feel like a good fit? Or do I have transferable skills that could be explored elsewhere?  


It’s good to evaluate how you really feel about your job, your responsibilities and the company you work for. It’s completely normal to have an ‘off’ day but if these turn into bad weeks on end then maybe it’s not right for you. 

If you are looking to move because of money, benefits, career progression or learning resources, then it may be a good idea to talk to your employer about it first as they may be able to help you before going down the route of looking for a new opportunity. 


What next? 

Find what you want. Work is a place that we spend most of our lives at so it’s important to feel like you have a purpose and are valued, and if you’re current job isn’t cutting it and you’ve said yes to one or more of the questions above, then maybe considering looking for a new opportunity is the right step for you.  

And that’s where we come in… Devonshire is a team of specialist recruitment consultants who work across many sectors and industries in the UK, Europe, US and APAC, and can help you take the next step in your career. If you are searching for a new opportunity, please take a look at our latest jobs or get in touch with our team for a chat on [email protected] 



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