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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs? 282

An anonymous reader writes "We all know somebody who changes jobs like changing clothes. In software development and IT, it's getting increasingly hard to find people who have been at their job for more than a few years. That's partly because of tech companies' bias for a young work force, and partly because talented people can write their own ticket in this industry. Thus, I put the question to you: how often should you be switching jobs? Obviously, if you find the perfect company (full of good people, doing interesting things, paying you well), your best bet is to stay. But that's not the reality for most of the workforce. Should you always be keeping an eye out for new jobs? Is there a length of time you should stick around so you don't look like a serial job-hopper? Does there come a point in life when it's best to settle down and stick with a job long term?"
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  • by St.Creed ( 853824 ) on Saturday July 05, 2014 @03:10PM (#47389433)

    This system was actually prevalent in more countries, like The Netherlands. However, the pension funds *did* check any suspicious last-minute pay rises (over the last few years before retiring). My father worked for a company that did that once, the pension fund inquired, they couldn't provide a good reason and the pension fund said: "okay, we'll not harm our client, but every cent we have to pay above the normal pension she'd have received otherwise will be payed by you". They then pre-calculated the pension and fined the company for the full amount. They never tried that particular trick again.

    So my view is that the last-month pension isn't the problem by itself. It's the lack of checks and balances which made it untenable.

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