According to new research from global staffing firm Robert Half, more than one-quarter of professionals (27%) said their career has stalled since the start of the pandemic — and that number jumps to 55% for those ages 18 to 24. In a separate poll, 49%of senior managers revealed that they postponed promoting top performers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and 61% of those respondents worry about staff retention as a result.

How Careers Have Taken a Hit

Workers experiencing a stalled career reported feeling stuck when it comes to:

  • Salary growth: 62%
  • Career advancement: 62%
  • Skills development: 42%
  • Ability to grow their professional network: 42%

And some professionals shared that they’re ready for a career move. 28% of respondents said they had a shift in perspective due to the pandemic and want to pursue a more meaningful or fulfilling job.

“Along with significantly changing the hiring landscape for job seekers in Canada, the pandemic has also interfered with employees’ career trajectories,” said David King, Canadian senior district president of Robert Half. “As we look toward the future and a more active job market, now is the time for organizations to put programs in place that are designed to retain top talent. This includes specific initiatives that will appeal to younger workers and opportunities for all employees to build skills and advance their careers.”

About the Research

The online surveys were developed by Robert Half and conducted by independent research firms. They include responses from more than 500 workers 18 years of age or older (collected from March 26 to April 15, 2021) and 600 senior managers (collected from November 19 to December 18, 2020) at companies with 20 or more employees in Canada.

Source: Cision