Surveys Article: 2017 Job Search Poll

In the northern hemisphere, spring is in the air. And, if my last couple Revit User Group (RUG) meetings are any indication, so are job searches. For the 6th year, AUGI is gauging the temperature of the job market by polling its membership on their likelihood of leaving their current employer.

This year, 53% of our membership firmly state that they are not looking for new employment opportunities. This is a big improvement over last year, when more folks were looking to make a change. But, if you are looking to expand your staff and bring on new experience, now is still a good time to cast your nets wide, and, if you are worried about retention, you will still want to consider the reasons your employees might be thinking of leaving you and what you might do to keep them engaged and feeling rewarded.

AUGI members NOT searching for a new job

As you think about the volume of employees who are seeking other employment, you might wonder if they are just job-hoppers who can’t hold down a steady gig, or if they are brand new and realizing they’ve made a bad move… or whether they are experienced workers who are tired of the same old same old at their company. Note that the majority of the workers who took this poll, have been with the same company for more than five years.

Those who are looking due to dissatisfaction seems to have dropped off.

Looks like unemployment has taken another jump (though we did have a small number of participants in this year’s poll, which can skew the results).

Meanwhile, the amount of ‘under-employed’ members has dropped back down. People who are working too few hours, or earning less than market wages are normally looking for new opportunities.

And, as always, there are a few folks thinking about looking for opportunities, even if they are not ready to start submitting applications just yet.

Just as an overview, to see how the numbers have fluctuated over the past six years, please see this summary chart of responses by year.

The numbers have changed a significant amount since last year’s job search survey. I look forward to this year’s upcoming annual salary survey, to see what percentage of our members are in new jobs, and how much more they are earning.

In Closing

Please keep an eye out on AUGI Bulletins and our social media feeds to catch the launch of the 2017 Annual AUGI Survey, where we will poll our members on their job security, job satisfaction, technology adoption, raises and wages.

I also thank you for reading the monthly polls column here in HotNews. Unfortunately, this will be the last installment. You may find the results of member polls and surveys on the archives page.

Melanie Stone is a CAFM/ IWMS Specialist supporting and writing about ARCHIBUS, FMInteract, Tririga, Revit, AutoCAD, BricsCAD or similar. She served as an AUGI Director/Officer for over 6 years and is currently involved with the STLRUG. Melanie can be reached at or found on Twitter as @MistresDorkness on YouTube or on her Mistress Of the Dorkness blog.

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