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Candidate survey May 2013

We recently conducted a UK-wide survey amongst a wide variety of candidates in different functions and industry sectors and at all levels of seniority.

We also compared the effects across two age ranges – above and below 35 years old.

CANDIDATE SURVEY RESULTS

Total survey sample: 485

Q. When choosing a future employer, please rank the following factors in order of most important to least important, numbering them 1 – 5 (with 1 being most important, 5 being least important, etc):

Location

Prospects for career progression

Remuneration package

Company stability/reputation/size

Training policies and plans

485 respondents of which 142 were 35 and under; 343 were 36 and over: categories included engineering management, legal, FMCG, consumer, marketing, pharmaceutical, fashion, retail, building products, office, food & beverage, publishing, packaging, IT, financial services, banking & more.

Q. When choosing a future employer, please rank the following factors in order of most important to least important, numbering them 1 – 5 (with 1 being most important, 5 being least important, etc):

Location

Prospects for career progression

Remuneration package

Company stability/reputation/size

Training policies and plans

 

                                                                                         Ranking from 1-5

Age 35 and under

No of respondents: 142

1

2

3

4

5

Location

 

22%

16%

 

21%

19%

22%

Career progression

 

35%

27%

17%

17%

4%

Remuneration package

 

20%

32%

25%

18%

5%

Company stability/reputation/size

17%

13%

21%

25%

24%

Training policies and plans

6%

12%

16%

21%

45%

 

                                                                                         Ranking from 1-5

Age 36 and over

No of respondents: 343

1

2

3

4

5

Location

 

29%

21%

19%

13%

18%

Career progression

 

24%

19%

18%

25%

14%

Remuneration package

 

25%

32%

23%

13%

7%

Company stability/reputation/size

17%

21%

27%

22%

13%

Training policies and plans

5%

7%

13%

27%

48%

It is most interesting when looking at the differences in priorities between the two age groups:-

Age 35 and under

                                                  Most/Very Important    Most Important     Least Important

1. Career progression                         65%                            35%                           4%

2. Remuneration package                  55%                            20%                           5%

3. Location                                         38%                            22%                          22%

4. Company stability/                   30%                            17%                          24%    

    reputation/size

5. Training policies/plans                18%                             6%                           45%

Although remuneration is clearly important, in the younger group, career progression is the greatest priority and it would appear that the majority are reasonably flexible in their attitude to location.

Age 36 and over

                                                  Most/Very Important    Most Important     Least Important

1. Remuneration package                   57%                            32%                           7%

2. Location                                      50%                            29%                           5%

3. Career progression                        43%                            24%                          14%

4. Company stability/                    38%                            17%                          13%   

reputation/size

5. Training policies/plans                    12%                             5%                           48%

In the older group, remuneration, followed by location are the priorities with career progression ranked only third in terms of importance. Also company stability is starting to become more of a consideration. Training is even further down the pecking order when considering a new employer.

We hope that you find this information interesting and useful!

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