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Did you change jobs in 2020? New study reveals fascinating data on rollercoaster year

(OPINION / EDITORIAL) Many struggled in 2020, but others also took the opportunity to re-evaluate and change jobs. Here’s what employees at different workplaces had to say.

Two people shaking hands across the table, taking the opportunity to change jobs.

The year 2020 was nothing short of unusual. It showed us just how quickly things can change in a relatively brief amount of time. One of those changes came in the form of jobs. Many lost their jobs as unemployment skyrocketed. Others took this time to pivot and change jobs.

A study by Blind found that 48% of professionals voluntarily changed employers in 2020. The anonymous professional networking platform asked over 3,700 of their users a number of questions and complied data based on their responses.

Did you voluntarily change employers in 2020?

  • 48% of professionals say they did voluntarily changed employers in 2020

Has the COVID-19 pandemic stopped you from trying to change jobs?

  • 77% responded no, the COVID-19 pandemic stopped them from trying to change jobs
    • Half of both T-Mobile and Verizon professionals say the COVID-19 pandemic stopped them from trying to change jobs

Are you planning on getting a new job this year?

  • Nearly half (49%) of professionals say they are planning on getting a new job this year
    • 80% of Deloitte professionals say they are planning on getting a new job this year
    • 69% of Visa professionals say they are planning on getting a new job this year
    • 63% of SAP professionals say they are planning on getting a new job this year
    • 0% of Roblox professionals plan on willingly leaving Roblox this year

The economy saw the loss of global working hours equivalent to 255 million full-time employees in 2020, yet voluntary job changes and skills development are still top of mind for employees. When asking about changing jobs, 1,799 (48%) reported “yes” while 1,958 (52%) reported “no” for a grand total of 3,757 responses. Here are the top companies that saw movement over the last year. The question posed was, “Did you voluntarily change employers in 2020?”

Amazon (52% “yes” – 48% “no” – total responses: 395)
Microsoft (42% “yes” – 58% “no” – total responses: 156)
Facebook (56% “yes” – 44% “no” – total responses: 155)
Google (46% “yes” – 54% “no” – total responses: 153)
Apple (61% “yes” – 39% “no” – total responses: 82)
Intel Corporation (40% “yes” – 60% “no” – total responses: 48)
Oracle (63% “yes” – 38% “no” – total responses: 40)
Cisco (53% “yes” – 48% “no” – total responses: 40)
Uber (38% “yes” – 62% “no” – total responses: 39)
LinkedIn (42% “yes” – 58% “no” – total responses: 38)
Indeed.com (35% “yes” – 65% “no” – total responses: 37)
Capital One (31% “yes” – 69% “no” – total responses: 36)
VMware (30% “yes” – 70% “no” – total responses: 33)
Salesforce (44% “yes” – 56% “no” – total responses: 32)
Intuit (43% “yes” – 57% “no” – total responses: 30)
Bloomberg (33% “yes” – 67% “no” – total responses: 30)
PayPal (45% “yes” – 55% “no” – total responses: 22)
Lyft (64% “yes” – 36% “no” – total responses: 22)
Expedia Group (64% “yes” – 36% “no” – total responses: 22)
ServiceNow (43% “yes” – 57% “no” – total responses: 21)
SAP (40% “yes” – 60% “no” – total responses: 20)
Dropbox (45% “yes” – 55% “no” – total responses: 20)
Walmart (32% “yes” – 68% “no” – total responses: 19)
NVIDIA (58% “yes” – 42% “no” – total responses: 19)
eBay (42% “yes” – 58% “no” – total responses: 19)
Adobe (32% “yes” – 68% “no” – total responses: 19)
Tesla Motors (39% “yes” – 61% “no” – total responses: 18)
Visa (41% “yes” – 59% “no” – total responses: 17)
Box (71% “yes” – 29% “no” – total responses: 17)
T-Mobile (38% “yes” – 63% “no” – total responses: 16)
Twitter (44% “yes” – 56% “no” – total responses: 16)
IBM (38% “yes” – 63% “no” – total responses: 16)
American Express (25% “yes” – 75% “no” – total responses: 16)
Netflix (36% “yes” – 64% “no” – total responses: 14)
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (43% “yes” – 57% “no” – total responses: 14)
Snap (77% “yes” – 23% “no” – total responses: 13)
Goldman Sachs (54% “yes” – 46% “no” – total responses: 13)
Airbnb (46% “yes” – 54% “no” – total responses: 13)
Cognizant (54% “yes” – 46% “no” – total responses: 13)
Verizon Media (17% “yes” – 83% “no” – total responses: 12)
Workday (33% “yes” – 67% “no” – total responses: 12)
Mailchimp (50% “yes” – 50% “no” – total responses: 12)
Samsung Electronics (67% “yes” – 33% “no” – total responses: 12)
ExxonMobil (33% “yes” – 67% “no” – total responses: 12)
Credit Karma (25% “yes” – 75% “no” – total responses: 12)
Square (36% “yes” – 64% “no” – total responses: 11)
Deloitte (55% “yes” – 45% “no” – total responses: 11)
Accenture (36% “yes” – 54% “no” – total responses: 11)
Cloudera (45% “yes” – 55% “no” – total responses: 11)
Splunk (70% “yes” – 30% “no” – total responses: 10)
Unity Technologies (20% “yes” – 80% “no” – total responses: 10)
Twilio Inc. (50% “yes” – 50% “no” – total responses: 10)
Zillow Group (40% “yes” – 60% “no” – total responses: 10)
Qualcomm (40% “yes” – 60% “no” – total responses: 10)
Pure Storage (40% “yes” – 60% “no” – total responses: 10)
Flexport (40% “yes” – 60% “no” – total responses: 10)
Activision Blizzard (60% “yes” – 40% “no” – total responses: 10)
Cruise (10% “yes” – 90% “no” – total responses: 10)

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For the breakdowns of the other two questions, visit the raw data.

Staff Writer, Taylor Leddin is a publicist and freelance writer for a number of national outlets. She was featured on Thrive Global as a successful woman in journalism, and is the editor-in-chief of The Tidbit. Taylor resides in Chicago and has a Bachelor in Communication Studies from Illinois State University.

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