A recent survey carried out by CV Library has revealed what UK workers consider to be the biggest contributing factors towards workplace happiness.

A recent survey carried out by CV Library has revealed what UK workers consider to be the biggest contributing factors towards workplace happiness. 

While salary naturally claims the top spot, there are many other factors beyond pay and reward – proving that companies need to offer so much more if they want to attract top quality candidates. CV Library’s research found that our top career priorities include:

  • A good salary – 58.1%
  • Friendly colleagues – 48.2%
  • Great company culture – 40% 
  • Room for progression – 33.5% 
  • Learning new skills – 28.2% 
  • A nice boss – 22.4% 
  • Flexible working opportunities – 13.3% 
  • Good location close to home – 11.5% 
  • Interesting daily responsibilities – 10.9% 
  • Good workplace perks – 10.4% 

Speaking about the findings of the survey, CV Library’s founder and managing director, Lee Biggins reminded recruiters that they should be thinking about their entire benefits package, not just pay. He commented:

“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. This doesn’t just mean fair salaries and workplace perks - a great company culture and a friendly workforce should also be a priority.”

Providing an even greater insight into what candidates really want, the Hays UK Salary and Recruiting Trends 2017 Report surveyed more than 10,000 employees in a bid to find out exactly what it is we look for in a job. The results revealed that our top priorities include:

  • A good work-life balance (24%)
  • Career development (22%)
  • Location (15%)
  • Job security (13%)
  • A challenging role (10%)

When it comes to what’s the most likely to make us leave a role, 27% of us say a bad salary, no benefits package or a lack of future opportunities, 14% say the work itself and 11% don’t like the location or have concerns about job security.

Barney Ely, director at Hays Human Resources commented:

“With a growing multi-generational workforce, it’s important that employers offer benefits packages that are tailored to encompass different generational groups. Those employers who are currently offering a combination of flexible benefits are best placed to suit the wants and needs of the entire workforce.”

Interestingly, the findings of both surveys show a big shift in the priorities of UK professionals over the last two years. Data from February 2016 showed that at that time, our number one priority was the role and its responsibilities (54.4%) followed by salary (45.6%). 

Speaking about this change in priorities, Biggins continued:

“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.” 

If you would like help attracting top candidates to your roles, contact Alpha and we will be more than happy to help.