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Singapore – More than half of finance execs would hire job hoppers: Robert Half

27 February 2019

More than half, or 56%, of Singapore’s CFOs would be willing to hire a candidate who has a history of job hopping, according to new research from Robert Half.

Singapore’s CFOs consider someone who has made an average of four job changes within a 10-year period to be a job hopper.

Robert Half’s research showed that the majority of Singaporean CFOs (63%) think millennial-aged finance workers are job hoppers, compared to 39% of Generation X professionals and 25% of baby boomer professionals. 

Meanwhile, the top three positive consequences for employees who change jobs frequently are higher salary progression (64%), more experience in different industries (43%) and ability to learn faster (35%).

The top three negative consequences for employees who change jobs frequently include missing out on promotions (43%), job security (43%) and professional development (39%).

“Despite the fact that job hopping has become more common in the finance and accounting industry, hiring managers should still be cautious when considering job hoppers for a vacant role,” said Matthieu Imbert-Bouchard, managing director of Robert Half Singapore. “Frequent employment changes over a short span of time can raise red flags, and potentially earn the employee a reputation for being disloyal.”

Imbert-Bouchard continued, “employers need to balance the costs of the recruitment process against a candidate who may be seen as disloyal and end up leaving after a short period of time. This doesn’t suggest that job hopping should be disregarded entirely, but like any career move, changing jobs must have happened for the right reason.”


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