Employers beware! With summer holiday season finally over, new research reveals that following 50% of Londoners having jetted off for a vacation this year, more than half of Londoners (51%) plan to quit their job following holiday blues. The research by Wix – the cloud-based website development platform, marks the month of October as one of the highest months for job quitting in London, alongside December.
With technology more accessible and travel more affordable, 46% of Londoners plan to chuck in their day job to make travel a full-time gig, by starting their own businesses online and becoming digital nomads. Of those surveyed, 73% of Londoners dread returning to work, with 64% of respondents thinking they would be happier working for themselves. Also, 45% desire more flexible working hours and 28% dream of location independence. The USA, Australia and New Zealand were chosen as the top three countries Londoners dream of working as digital nomads, followed by France and Italy. Cambodia, Egypt and Grenada were revealed as the bottom of the travel and work wish list.
Top 10 countries Londoners want to travel and work mobile:
- New Zealand
When asked what type of holiday would most inspire locals to quit their job to start their own business, a luxury getaway and beachside holiday [42%] came up trumps, followed by cruising and sailing [37%], before a wellness retreat and trekking [30%].
Also, 17% of cheeky Londoners have extended their holiday while away, 15% have hidden their social media posts to prevent their bosses knowing that they are still away and 12% have purposely missed a flight to stay longer!
Low morale at work
The research also revealed that it wasn’t just the sun and new cultures enticing Londoners to quit their jobs, but low morale in their current roles. Being underpaid [37%], undervalued [37%], and poor management [30%] were top reasons Londoners are preparing to chuck it in, along with more than a third of Londoners [38%] that have recently quit their jobs admitting it was because they didn’t like their boss or had issues with colleagues.
Wix spokesperson, Matt Rosenberg, comments: “Understandably, Londoners will reflect on their professional paths while on holiday. Many will have hopes to combine the freedom of leisure time with the benefits of working for themselves. The life of a digital nomad allows individuals to travel and work remotely while doing something they are passionate about. Entrepreneurs, artists, designers and developers use Wix to create websites, portfolios, instructional videos and online businesses both for themselves and others, and to achieve the flexibility to manage their companies from wherever they are in the world.”