This paper explores both observable and unobservable variables that would affect employed workers’ decisions on job change. A survey was conducted through one-to-one interviews, and the sample consists of 965 full-time employed workers. The logistic regression models are employed to analyze the two binary measures of job-to-job mobility: i) whether an individual is considering a job change, and ii) whether an individual is actively looking for another job. We find that age, job satisfaction, satisfaction with working environment or job security, and firm size are among the major factors determining workers’ job-to-job mobility. Younger workers and workers in smaller firms are more mobile. Workers with lower level of job satisfaction are more likely to consider a change in employment and to actively look for other jobs, and so are workers with lower level of satisfaction with their working environment or job security. We also find that men are more likely to consider a change in job than women, but when actually looking for another job is concerned, men and women do not differ. Furthermore, monthly income and working sector contribute significantly to looking for other jobs but not to considering job change.
Xing, X. L. and YANG, Zhenlin.
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