Regularly refreshing skills and competencies considered essential to enhance employability

The Randstad Workmonitor survey for third quarter 2017 explores how Greek employees view regularly refreshing skills and competencies considered essential to enhance employability as well as the quarterly mobility index, fear of job loss and job satisfaction of Greek employees. 

In Greece, 93% of respondents believe in regularly refreshing their skills and competencies to enhance their employability.  90% of Greek employees believe they are realising their full potential in their current jobs with 93% stating they stay aligned with developments in their field.  Moreover, 89% agree that keeping their skills and competencies up to date is their own responsibility.  

Need for more training and education
Only 63% of Greek employees state job-related activities to upskill themselves are offered and paid for by their employer.  In Greece, 93% feel they need more training and/or education to stay up to date.  66% would like to receive vocational training and 57% for training of personal skills.  
84% have undertaken activities in the last 12 months to upskill themselves in relation to work.  Training or other activities undertaken by Greek employees in 2017 to update themselves include:
25%  Studied/attended a training/education49%  Attended a workshop/seminar/conference28%  Completed an online course10%  Participated in a personal coaching session12%  Consulted a specialist for my career opportunities16%  None of the above
Who should pay for training?
In Greece, 63% stated that job-related activities to upskill themselves are offered and paid for by their employer.  However, 85% of Greek employees are willing to arrange and pay for job-related activities themselves.  

Quarterly recurring items
Mobility Index in Greece decreases The Randstad labour market "mobility index" assesses the number of employees who expect to find another job within the next 6 months.  This is based on employee’s current job satisfaction, their fear of being fired, their need to find new personal challenges and confidence in finding a job elsewhere. 
In Greece, the results suggest Greek employees do not expect to be employed elsewhere in the coming months.  The mobility index for Greece decreased by 5 points, to 103, this quarter.  Globally the mobility index remained stable at 109.  Mobility index was found to be the highest in New Zealand (+7), Hungary (+6), Australia (+5), and France (+5).  The biggest decreases were found in China (-7), and the US, Norway, Sweden and Greece (all -5).  

Labour market in Greece
The percentage of employees in Greece that actually changed jobs in the last six months increased by 2% to 22% since last quarter.  36% indicated that they changed jobs for better employment conditions and 20% because a personal desire to change.  The number of people in Greece looking for a new job decreased again this quarter, by 2%, to 31%.  
40% of the Greek respondents fear losing their job.  51% of the 55-67 age group fears losing their job, followed by 42% of the 25-34 age group.  44% of those afraid of losing their job indicated they have low education.  
According to the current survey findings, in Greece, job satisfaction decreased by 1% since last quarter, now at 63%.  

The Randstad WorkmonitorThe Randstad Workmonitor was launched in 2003, and now covers 33 countries around the world, encompassing Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas. The Randstad Workmonitor is published four times a year, making both local and global trends in mobility regularly visible over time.

The Mobility Index, which tracks employee confidence and captures expectations surrounding the likelihood of changing employers within a six month time frame, provides a comprehensive understanding of job market sentiments and employee trends.  In addition to measuring mobility, also employee satisfaction and personal motivation, as well as a rotating set of themed questions are part of the survey.
The quantitative study is conducted via an online questionnaire among a population aged 18-65, working a minimum of 24 hours a week in a paid job (not self-employed).  The sample size in Greece was 405 interviews, using Survey Sampling International.  Research for the third wave in 2017 was conducted between 18 July and  2 August 2017.