Danny McCance 11 Jan 2019 03:52pm

A fifth of chartered accountants close to quitting

More than a fifth (22%) of chartered accountants consider quitting their jobs on a weekly basis, research has found

Furthermore, 8% consider handing in their notice on a daily basis, 14% say they consider leaving between 1-4 times a week and 19% consider leaving every two to three weeks.

One of the factors seen as contributing towards their unhappiness is the inability to “achieve a work-life blend”, respondents to a survey from charity the Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association (CABA).

More than half (54%) admitted working late on a weekly basis, while 22% said they worked late every day.

This also meant 47% ended up taking work home with them, with 25% saying this happened daily.

“The fact that so many employees are feeling discontent in their roles should send a shockwave through the profession – put simply, employers need to act or lose their best staff,” said Kelly Feehan, services director at CABA.

CABA’s research suggests that younger members of staff – aged between 18 and 34 – are more emotionally susceptible to work pressure, as 26% admitted to crying on a weekly basis, compared to the 14% average across the profession.

“Moving wellbeing up the corporate agenda could help facilitate this – the fact people are crying, checking emails when sick and regularly thinking about quitting shows something has got to change,” said Feehan.

She added that as more millennials move into the workplace, work-life blend and wellbeing will become a priority for employers, who should begin preparing for the “workforce of the future”.

Research published earlier this week found that the vast majority (97%) of employers recognise changing expectations in regards to employee benefits, with 98% saying employees now expected more flexible working hours.