Recruitment Agency Now


You are here:  Home  >  News  >  Main News Section  >  Current Article

‘Meaningful work’ comes first when choosing a job

September 14, 2017  /   No Comments

‘Meaningful work’ comes first when choosing a jobThe most important factor in choosing a job is the quest for ‘meaningful work’, with pay and benefits coming second, and flexible working coming last.

These are the findings of a survey by financial recruitment company Core-Asset Consulting, which surveyed professionals working across the financial, accounting and legal sectors in Scotland. People were asked to rank the importance of eight factors in choosing a job: career progression; company reputation; location/length of commute; flexible working; meaningful work; pay and benefits; work-life balance; working culture.

‘Meaningful work’ was most frequently ranked as the top reason in people choosing a job, while ‘pay and benefits’ were the most commonly cited second, third and fourth factors, and ‘flexible working’ was most frequently cited as the least important factor.

Commenting on the survey, Betsy Williamson, managing director of Core-Asset Consulting, said: “It may come as a surprise to many that ‘meaningful work’ is the most common number one factor in people choosing a job, particularly as this is a survey of financial, accounting and legal professionals.

 “But however you interpret the term ‘meaningful work’, it seems clear that white collar professionals are now seeking much more from their career than material rewards. The implications for employers is far-reaching. To retain valuable employees, companies need to clearly articulate the driving purpose of its firm beyond the simple pursuit of profit, and how a particular department, team and individual fits into this bigger picture. This can include things such as the creation of a financially secure future for customers, tackling environmental issues and transforming local communities.

“Failure to do so not only means employers will have staff retention issues, they will also struggle to attract the very best talent. It’s very much a candidate-driven market now – particularly in hard-to-fill areas such as risk and compliance. Companies that recognise the importance of ‘meaningful work’ will do better in attracting and retaining the best people.

“But all this comes with a caveat: ‘over-selling’ roles comes with a similar risk of creating disillusioned employees. A delicate balance must be struck between aspiration and authenticity.”

    Print       Email


RA Now 2016 Preview

RA Now 2016 Preview

View all →

Your Voice

  • Nov 16
    Via @willstaney on Twitter Appeals court rules that Glassdoor must reveal anonymous user’s identities. Beyond Glassdoor, this sets a dangerous precedent making it possible to force online platforms to reveal names of anonymous users. What do you think about this? Read More
  • Oct 26
    Via @mitchsullivan on Twitter Have I mentioned that I've got a book out? Yeah, I've got a book out... Read More
  • Oct 12
    Via @umbrella_co_uk on Twitter  Three things contractors could find in the Autumn Budget 2017.  #UmbrellaBudget  Read More
  • Sep 28
    Via @UndercoverRec on Twitter  How can employers avoid bias in the recruitment process? Read More

RSS News