83 percent of the Balearic workforce is not interested in looking for a new job, the second highest percentage out of all 17 regions of the country, labour market watchdog Randstad Workmonitor reported yesterday.

The findings contrast strongly with surveys carried out in Cantabria and the Canary Islands where half those taking part in the survey said they were looking for another job, and in La Rioja, the percentage was up to 59%.

Researchers said that age helped define the groups who were not keen to move or who otherwise wanted to search elsewhere. Those aged between 35 and 44 (79%) showed the least inclination to find other employment as economic stability and family life were a priority. There was only minimal difference, said the watchdog, between replies given in this age group by men and women.

It was clear, concluded the survey, that many people felt that the economic crisis threatened their stability and the means to pay for basic essentials in life, and they therefore preferred to “stay put.” Only 13.9% of Spaniards have changed their job over the past six months, one of the lowest percentages in the European Union.

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