working women

Job Hopping and Tenure: Men vs. Women

The average American stays with the same employer for appx 4.5 years.  But what does job tenure look like depending on age, gender and marital status?  Based on this week’s article, some 2012 data, and this survey:

  • “Millenials” (definitions vary, but roughly late teens to early 30-somethings) plan to stay in a job for less than 3 years
  • Men (aged 30-50) tend to stay in jobs longer than women (aged 30-50)
  • Married women without children tend to stay in jobs longer than other women (i.e. married mothers, single mothers, or single and childless women)

In terms of the most dramatic changes among demographic groups, two things stand out:

  1. The job tenure of 30-50 something men has declined over 10% in the past 20 years
  2. The job tenure of 30-50 something married mothers has increased over 25% in the past 20 years

Others have gone into potential reasons behind the data, though it seems like a complex issue to tackle without serious amounts of research/statistical controls.  This is especially the case since there was an abnormally large financial crisis and economic downturn in 2008 that disproportionately increased male unemployment.  At any rate, I still think these are interesting (and potentially important) data points for HR teams to consider when analyzing staff turnover.

 

 

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