Workers More Loyal During the Recession

The average number of years a salaried worker decided to stay at one company rose slightly during the recession.

According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics report, the median number of years a “wage and salary worker” stuck it out at his/her current employer jumped to 4.4. The government report comes out every two years. In 2008, the average number of years employees stuck it out at their current position was at 4.1 years.

What’s to blame for the increase in years? Well, the recession of course. Since older employees stay longer, and the first to get the ax in the recession were more junior employees, the average jumped slightly.

It also turns out that media professionals tend to stay in their current job longer than the average salary worker. According to the report, “information” workers stay at one job for 5 years. However, folks in the “motion pictures and sound recording industries,” stay much shorter, with a median of 3.8 years. Telecommunication and publishing (excluding Internet) workers stay much longer – 6.6 years and 5.6 years, respectively.

As for those professionals staying the longest, the manufacturing had the highest median with 6.1 years. The leisure and hospitality industry has the least loyal workers, with employees boasting a median of 2.5 years at one job.