Workforce and Employment

The truth about the ‘great resignation’

The great resignation is a buzzphrase that first appeared in May 2021 Image: Unsplash/ Tim Gouw

David Zentler-Munro

Assistant Professor in Economics, University of Essex

Alex Clymo

Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Essex

Carlos Carrillo-Tudela

Professor of Economics, University of Essex

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The 'great resignation' began around 2019.
The 'great resignation' began around 2019. Image: Labour Force Survey.

UK great resignations 2019-21
Great resignation: resignations spiked across the UK at the start of 2021. Image: Labour Force Survey

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