Recruitment consultant Reed surveyed more than 2500 business managers and employees and found that 42 per cent of consultancy owners fear an exodus of top employees, and of those surveyed 62 per cent say they have no strategy in place to retain talented employees.
Meanwhile Reed suggests there is a confidence returning to the jobs market in the sector, buoyed by a majority of employees feeling secure in their current roles – a trend which it says is leading many to feel confident enough to look for a new job this year.
Some 89 per cent of creatives and marketeers feel secure in their current roles, yet nearly a third of workers (28 per cent) in the sector say they will be looking for a new job in 2014, the research shows.
Another driver may be that two thirds (66 per cent) of employees say they have not received a pay rise in the last 12 months.
The Reed survey differs from the Design Industry Voices survey released last week, which shows a more optimistic forecast for employers as nearly two-thirds (63 per cent) of its respondents say they had received a pay-rise in the past two years.
Design Industry Voices also shows that 54 per cent of its respondents are looking to change job in the next 12 months.