The 10 things candidates really want from a job

Posted to Uncategorised on Tue, 27 Feb, 2018

When times are tough, recruiters need to look at factors beyond pay and reward to ensure they attract the attention of candidates.

A CV-Library survey of over 1,200 workers revealed that over half (55.6%) of the nation are unhappy in their current position, so having the right perks in place could be the tipping point that encourages them to go for a new role. So what should recruiters be putting at the top of their lists to attract candidates in such a climate?

When UK employees were asked to share what they believe to be the biggest contributing factors to workplace happiness, salary came out on top. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t low-cost perks that you can mention on behalf of your clients to improve workplace happiness.

The polled professionals revealed that their top career priorities include:

1.     A good salary – 58.1%

2.     Friendly colleagues – 48.2%

3.     Great company culture – 40%

4.     Room for progression – 33.5%

5.     Learning new skills – 28.2%

6.     A nice boss – 22.4%

7.     Flexible working opportunities – 13.3%

8.     Good location close to home – 11.5%

9.     Interesting daily responsibilities – 10.9%

10.  Good workplace perks – 10.4%

Lee Biggins, Founder and Managing Director of CV-Library, said employers should be thinking of their entire benefits package, and not just pay. “Candidates are storming the job market like never before and it’s clear that many are searching for roles with a strict set of criteria in mind,” he said. “As such, it’s important that businesses are offering the full package. But this doesn’t just mean fair salaries and workplace perks. A great company culture and a friendly workforce should also be a priority.”

When comparing these factors with data from February 2016, the findings suggest that that there has been a shift in the career priorities of UK professionals. The job role and its responsibilities was the number one career priority for workers two years ago (54.4%), shortly followed by salary (45.6%).

“It’s interesting to see this shift in career priorities, with professionals no longer placing as much importance on the role itself,” said Biggins. “It’s definitely important to enjoy what you do and this should always be a priority when moving jobs. That said, the move is not surprising given ongoing economic uncertainty, as today’s professionals seek financial stability.”