63 per cent name pay and benefits as a top job consideration

Pay-Thinkstock-2014Almost two-thirds (63%) of respondents view pay and benefits as a top consideration when moving jobs, according to research by Randstad Sales, Marketing and Retail.

Its survey of 10,728 employees, including 630 sales professionals, found that more than two-thirds (69%) of respondents that work in sales roles place salary and employee benefits in their top five job considerations.

The research also found:

  • More than two-thirds (68%) of finance worker respondents say it is important that their employer offers a competitive salary and employee beenfits, followed by 64% of business consultant respondents and 64% of engineering professional respondents.
  • Less than two-thirds (61%) of respondents in the legal sector place competitive salary and employee benefits in their top five job considerations, compared to 56% of human resource professional respondents and 57% of respondents in the teaching sector.
  • Opportunities for career progression are a top factor for 42% of sales professional respondents, and 44% for respondents working in professional services. This compares to 36% of all respondents.
  • 8% of sales worker respondents believe that is important to work for an organisation that promotes diversity in the workplace, compared to 12% of all respondents.

Ruth Jacobs, managing director at Randstad Sales, Marketing and Retail, said: “Financial considerations such as salaries and other monetary employee benefits always play a crucial part in career decisions, but for those working in sales, these cash rewards override all other considerations by a significant margin.

“[…] But salary and the right working environment shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. This narrow focus on hard rewards ignores other important attributes of a career, and happiness in the workplace and job fulfillment certainly doesn’t come simply from achieving your financial goals.”