Employment security is not an optimal choice.

Most HR departments boast about providing workers with stable and secure jobs… because people seem to demand such positions. People do not like changes.

Meanwhile, as most workers confirm, it’s much easier to find higher-paying job elsewhere, than in the current workplace. Where raises and bonuses typically are only a few percentage points above current pay.

Then why do so many people stay so many years at their current job? Isn’t it more affordable to move? Let’s compare a typical example.

Worker A (resident).
Year 1 – 2000$ a month.
Year 2 – 2100$ a month (5% raise)
2 year sum: 49200$, for 24 months of work.

Worker B (jumper).
Year 1 – 2000$ a month, but needs to learn and refine application documents.
Year 2 – 1 month vacation, then 2500$ (25% raise)
2 year sum: 51500$, for 23 months of work.

It pays to be a jumper. Unless residents are remunerated fairly. Which is never the case, because people are afraid of losing their jobs.