Thanks to all who have taken part in our career development survey so far. 24 employers and 53 employees had participated when we took this cut of data. We’re keeping the survey open and numbers continue to grow and we wanted to share some of the findings to date.

Frequency

43% of employers said that career conversations between an employee and a manager took place annually or less frequently, compared to 50% of employees. At the other end of the scale 22% of employers said the conversation was more freqient than quarterly compared to just 7% of employees.

Tools

Here there was almost no difference between the groups with 39% of employers saying they had tools to monitor career development compared with 41% of employees.

Satisfaction

Only 24% of employees felt satisfied or very satisfied with career development where they work compared with 39% for employers. 39% of employees chose dissatisfied and very dissatisfied compared to 35% of employers.

There are some interesting gaps here – I wonder if the lack of conversation frequency plus an absence of tools equals more dissatisfaction? We’ll be carrying out some interviews with HR folok on this subject soon – watch this space to see what they think.

Meantime the full set of figures can be seen here and we’ll share more results as the body of work continues to grow.

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