NU Online News Service, Jan. 7, 2004, 1:05 p.m. EST – At least 62% of U.S. workers would consider changing jobs if the right opportunity came along, according to Hudson Highland Group Inc., New York, a recruiting firm.[@@]

When researchers at Rasmussen Reports L.L.C., Chicago, interviewed 9,250 U.S. workers for Hudson Highland in December 2003, they found that 28% of all employees are conducting active searches for new jobs and that many more employees would leave their current employers if someone made them a good offer.

But 86% of the participants say it is somewhat likely or very likely that they will stay put for at least a year.

Researchers also found that 29% of workers believe that their employers will be hiring more workers over the coming months and that only 17% expect their employers to lay off workers.