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Many Canadians say they'd change careers: poll

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Angus Reid finds two-thirds of people are interested in switching jobs

Fifty-four per cent say they're happy with their pay and benefits

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Do you find yourself thinking about pushing for a new role at work, looking at a new employer, or maybe even embarking on a totally new career?

A new poll from the Angus Reid Institute finds three-quarters of working Canadians who responded are happy with their careers now, but nearly two-thirds are interested in making a big change.

Pollster Ian Holliday says they asked about satisfaction with several aspects, like type of work and flexibility for family needs. “Fifty-four per cent of Canadians say that pay and benefits and their compensation is most important to them when it comes to their overall satisfaction with work.”

One group that is considerably happier about their pay and benefits are those make a lot of money. The poll found nearly three-quarters of households that earn $100,000 or more per year report satisfaction with their compensation.

He adds three-quarters of people who responded say they’ve made a major, voluntary change in the past, and nearly all of them are glad they did.

Among all workers, Angus Reid says satisfaction ranges from 60 per cent (the total satisfied with opportunities for advancement) to 80 per cent (satisfied with the type of work they do). Among those “very satisfied” with their overall careers — about nine-in-10 are happy right across the board.