15 reasons why HR professionals
want to leave their jobs

Research by HR software provider Ciphr suggests that around one in five (22%) people working in HR are likely or very likely to change employers within the coming year.

Lack of career progression was the main reason cited by 42% of those considering leaving their jobs, according to the results from Ciphr’s survey of 163 UK HR professionals.

Other common reasons for changing HR jobs include improving work-life balance (39%), and feeling underpaid (31%).

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How many HR employees are considering leaving their jobs?

What makes HR employees want to leave their jobs?

The top 15 reasons why HR professionals (that say they are likely or very likely to leave their current organisation within the next 12 months) are considering leaving their jobs:

The most common reasons why HR employees are considering leaving their jobs (by age)


Ciphr conducted an online survey in April 2023 of 163 UK adults (over the age of 25 years old) working in human resources at organisations with at least 101 employees. The respondents work as HR administrators, coordinators, and advisors (84%); HR managers, business partners, and consultants (13%); and heads of HR (3%).

Nearly half (43%) of those polled work at organisations with 101 to 250 employees, over a quarter (29%) work at organisations with 251 to 1,000 employees, nearly a fifth (19%) work at organisations with 1,001 to 5,000 employees, and one in 11 (9%) work at organisations with over 5,001 employees.