Talent Acquisition

High-Mobility vs. Low-Mobility Workers

Thanks to our loving friends at Jobvite, this stylish infographic reveals a survey’s results on the different types of employees, specifically the high-mobility and low-mobility workers, and how certain things such as education and social media use define employee performance.

Job mobility is two things: the probability that a worker will change jobs, and the potential for that worker to move upward and succeed. A high-mobility worker is more likely to make successful job changes to vacancies that offer career progression, whereas low-mobility workers typically remain at a job and find fewer opportunities to progress forward.


  • High-mobility employees are usually well-educated and able of meeting the demands of changing technical fields, whilst low-mobility are typically educated to a high school level, as these workers struggle to adapt to demanding jobs.
  • 80% of high-mobility employees are working full-time and possess a 4-year degree or postgraduate qualification. 53% of low-mobility employees are employed and possess a high school diploma.
  • Popular industries for high-mobility employees are education, health care, and accounting/finance, while popular industries for low-mobility workers are retail, manufacturing, and general labor.
  • High-mobility employees are much more engaged with social media: 26% of high-mobility employees keep their LinkedIn profile up-to-date, whereas just 5% of low-mobility workers keep their LinkedIn profile current.
  • Being able to apply for vacancies on mobile devices is of greater importance for low-mobility workers. Both high and low mobility workers particularly like optimized websites. Who doesn’t?!

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