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Industry % of employees that left
1 Extraterritorial Organisations (international organisations) 45.9%
2 Mining and Quarrying
Other Service Activities
3 Electricity, Gas, Air Conditioning Supply 28.2%
4 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 25.9%
5 Admin and Support Services 25.2%
6 Real Estate Activities 24.4%
7 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Activities 23.6%
8 Public Admin and Defence 19.5%
9 Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing 18.7%
10 Manufacturing 18.5%

Extraterritorial organisations (i.e. UN representative, political affairs officer) have the least loyal employees, with a whopping 45.9% of employees leaving for another field. Given the number of varied roles employed in this industry and considerable transferable skills offered, it is no surprise that almost half of the workforce chooses to leave to pursue a career in an alternate field.

Next, in joint second place with 28.8% of employees leaving for another industry is mining and quarrying alongside other service activities. The relatively lower pay these sectors offer makes it understandable that employees are looking to leave.

In a close thirdwith a turnover percentage of 28.2% is electricity, gas, and air conditioning supply. As an industry with a short career ladder and few opportunities to progress, it is most likely that employees leave for another industry in order to advance.

Employees in arts, entertainment, and recreations come in fourth, with 25.9% of its workforce leaving for another sector. Given the incredible competitiveness of this industry, the high turnover rate is explained. As the industry recovers from the pandemic’s effects, will its loyalty experience another boom?

Rounding out the top five is the industry of admin and support services with 25.2% of employees seeking a new field. Given the wealth of transferrable skills this industry offers, moving on to another field is an option for many.

Education is the most loyal industry

Coming in first with the most loyal workforce is the education industry (i.e. teachers, lecturers). With only 7.2% of employees leaving the field for another, it appears that those who signed up to shape the education of children across the country are dedicated to see it through.

In second, with only 10.1% of employees leaving the industry, is health and social work. The unique combination of patient care and providing medical services has employees dedicated to this industry – even through the COVID-19 pandemic.


  1. sought to determine the industries with the most loyal employees.
  2. Utilising the most recent data collected by the Office for National Statistics in a study on Employee Turnover Levels and Rates by Industry, determined a loyalty score.
  3. The percentage of employees that left the industry was then calculated from the supplied data
  4. The final percentages for each industry were then ranked in descending order
  5. Data was accessed on 19th July 2021 and is subject to change