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What do British workers really want from their employers?

When it comes to the most important job-hunting factors, salary still ranks highly

Workers are also looking to aspects such as job security and a good working atmosphere when assessing new roles. 22% of the UK workforce point to salary as the most important factor when determining a potential employer, with long-term job security (16%) and good work life balance (9%) also proving highly attractive.

According to a survey conducted by specialist recruiter Randstad, workers are also increasingly looking for employers who offer flexible working, good work/life balance and interesting job content as well.

The findings show there is a growing gap between what workers want and want UK employers score best at which indicates employers still have work to do to attract the top talent.

Potential talent in UK seeks:

  • Salary & employee benefits
  • Long-term job security
  • Pleasant working atmosphere
  • Good work-life balance
  • Interesting job content
  • Good training
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Financially healthy
  • Strong management
  • Environmentally & socially aware

Employers in UK score best on:

  • Financially healthy
  • Strong management
  • Good training
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Salary & employee benefits
  • Long-term job security
  • Interesting job content
  • Pleasant working atmosphere
  • Environmentally & socially aware
  • Good work-life balance

When reflecting on the results, Mark Bull, Randstad UK CEO, said:

“Post-recession, salary and long-term job security continue to be highest on the agenda. The voice of the workforce is however loud and clear, cultural benefits speak volumes.

“Employees want to work in an inspiring environment with an ambience which encourages teamwork and there’s a real appetite to balance career success with personal life. Employers can’t rely on their financial status and strong leadership teams alone to attract UK talent; they really need to look at the bigger picture.”

The survey results come at a time when Randstad UK has relocated to new headquarters in Capability Green, Luton, following a £1.5m refurbishment (believed to be the largest letting in Luton since the recession).

Mark Bull added:

“We’re further bolstering our approach to contemporary, open-plan working in addition to unveiling inspirational meeting areas and productive break-out zones. People don’t want to sit in a traditional, corporate environment where they are tied to their desk all day. To attract top talent, you need to evolve and create a real experience – just as if you were creating a retail space. We’ll be welcoming our teams with the fresh aroma of Costa Coffee and opening our doors for alfresco dining.”

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