Despite saying they are motivated and content in their current jobs, British workers are always looking out for their next job opportunity, making them 'job flirts', according to a new poll.
Around 40 per cent of the more than 1,000 workers questioned for the Adecco survey said that they had applied for a job or registered with a recruitment agency in the last 12 months, with 59 per cent of jobseekers using the internet as their preferred method of looking for work.
The main factors attracting jobseekers to new roles were interesting or challenging work (89 per cent), a pleasant environment (84 per cent) and regular pay rises (84 per cent).
However, that perfect job was proving hard to find, many jobseekers thought, with almost half stating that it was harder to get a better job now than three years ago.
Steven Kirkpatrick, managing director of Adecco, said: "We are seeing a high number of UK workers taking an 'always on the look out' approach to job hunting.
"In an increasingly competitive market, UK employees are aware that whilst they may feel content and motivated in their current position, it is important to keep new opportunities on the radar."
The research found that a key factor in stopping employees straying once they had found their new job was for businesses to honour commitments made to prospective employees, ensuring the nature of the job stayed the same, providing a pleasant working environment and ensuring job stability.