Workforce Turnover Around the World

Insights to help you manage employee departures

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Employee turnover can bring a mixed bag of positive and negative impacts. Although some turnover brings interruption to ongoing projects and costly recruiting, sometimes it’s beneficial for revitalizing or fine-tuning your workforce. In either case, it’s critical that you prepare for turnover so you can be proactive in taking the steps needed to retain your top talent.

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Forecast, prepare for, and manage the revolving door of employment

Workforce turnover presents a dilemma to all companies around the world. Some estimate that the cost of losing and replacing a single employee can equal more than twice that employee's salary, with costs increasing further based on the departing employee’s seniority. Be proactive with your talent retention and workforce planning efforts and explore information regarding voluntary and involuntary turnover across six career levels for over 100 markets.

Monitor voluntary and involuntary turnover

  • Economic and labor market trends (unemployment, workforce participation, etc.)
  • Voluntary and involuntary turnover by employee level and by industry
  • Workforce changes by region, by country, and by industry

Did you know that the average 2018 involuntary turnover rate in Sri Lanka is by far the lowest in the Asia Pacific region?

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  • Argentina*
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil*
  • Canada*
  • Chile*
  • Colombia*
  • Costa Rica*
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador*
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico* 
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama* 
  • Paraguay
  • Peru* 
  • Puerto Rico* 
  • United States* 

Asia Pacific

  • Australia*
  • Bangladesh*
  • China
  • China-Beijing*
  • China-Changsha
  • China-Changzhou
  • China-Chengdu
  • China-Chongqing
  • China-Dalian
  • China-Guangdong*
  • China-Hangzhou-Ningbo
  • China-Hefei-Wuhu
  • China-Nanjing
  • China-Qingdao
  • China-Shanghai* 
  • China-Shenyang-Changchun
  • China-Suzhou-Kunshan*
  • China-Tianjin
  • China-Wuhan
  • China-Wuxi
  • China-Xiamen-Fuzhou
  • China-Xi’an
  • Hong Kong*
  • India*
  • Indonesia*
  • Japan*
  • Malaysia*
  • Myanmar*
  • New Zealand* 
  • Pakistan*
  • Philippines*
  • Singapore*
  • South Korea*
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan*
  • Thailand*
  • Vietnam*


  • Austria*
  • Azerbaijan*
  • Belarus*
  • Belgium*
  • Bulgaria*
  • Croatia*
  • Czech Republic*
  • Denmark*
  • Estonia*
  • Finland*
  • France*
  • Georgia*
  • Germany*
  • Greece*
  • Hungary*
  • Ireland*
  • Italy*
  • Kazakhstan*
  • Latvia*
  • Lithuania*
  • Netherlands*
  • North Macedonia*
  • Norway*
  • Poland*
  • Portugal*
  • Romania*
  • Russia*
  • Serbia*
  • Slovakia*
  • Slovenia*
  • Spain*
  • Sweden*
  • Switzerland*
  • Turkey*
  • Ukraine*
  • United Kingdom*
  • Uzbekistan*

Middle East and Africa

  • Algeria*
  • Angola*
  • Bahrain*
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Egypt*
  • Ethiopia*
  • Ghana*
  • Israel*
  • Ivory Coast* 
  • Jordan*
  • Kenya*
  • Kuwait*
  • Lebanon*
  • Malawi
  • Morocco*
  • Mozambique*
  • Nigeria*
  • Qatar*
  • Republic of Congo
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia* 
  • Senegal* 
  • South Africa* 
  • Tanzania*
  • Tunisia*
  • Uganda*
  • United Arab Emirates*
  • Zambia*
  • Zimbabwe
*The April update includes a preview of 2019 turnover rates and expected changes to turnover in 2020.

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