58% cite a good salary as biggest contributing factor to workplace happiness


More than half (58%) of respondents cite a good salary as one of the biggest contributing factors to their individual workplace happiness, according to research by CV Library.

Its survey of 1,200 UK employees also found that 40% of respondents value a great organisational culture, and 13% define flexible working opportunities as one of their top career priorities.

The research also found:

  • 10% of respondents state that having good workplace perks is one of their top career priorities, while 48% value having friendly colleagues and 22% claim that having a nice boss is a factor contributing to their workplace happiness.
  • 34% of respondents value having room to progress at their organisation, and 28% believe that the ability to learn new skills is a top career priority.
  • 12% of respondents cite being based at a good location near to their home as one of the biggest contributing factors to their workplace happiness, compared to 11% who value interesting daily responsibilities.
  • 61% of male respondents listed a good salary as their top career priority, compared to 53% of female respondents; for women, the biggest contributing factor to workplace happiness is friendly colleagues (55%).
  • 56% of respondents are unhappy in their current job role.

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Lee Biggins (pictured), founder and managing director at CV Library, said: “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. 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 [organisational] culture and a friendly workforce should also be a priority.

“It’s interesting to see this shift in career priorities, with professionals no longer placing as much importance on the role itself. 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.”