35% state that ‘working for a company that values you’ is a priority

5 lawyers from the Commercial Property Team at Higgs and Sons

There has been a notable shift in career priorities within the last 12 months - arguably as a result of the ‘millennial impact.’ As a result, candidates are placing more importance on the softer benefits related to their career.  

In fact, being valued within a company (25%) and work-life balance (17%) are now widely considered the main career priorities by professionals in the UK – with both taking precedence over securing a substantial pay rise (9%).


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Robert Walters partnered with CV Library, surveying over 2000 professionals across the UK to gain insight into their current career priorities, and the disparity between a companies understanding of employee ambitions.

Subjects Cover:

  • Tailoring the job offer to meet candidate expectations
  • Understanding employees’ current career priorities
  • Retaining top talent
  • Getting the hiring process right

Key Findings:

  • Being valued within a company (25%) and work-life balance (17%) are considered the main career priorities
  • After five years, being valued (35%) becomes even more important to employees
  • Only 9% of professionals state that securing a substantial pay rise is a key career priority
  • In contrast, organisations believe employees career priorities is led by salary & package (45%) and good progression opportunities (25%)
  • Only professionals within banking & financial services ranked obtaining a substantial pay rise as a key career priority (18%)
  • 40% of professionals stated that they would consider working in temporary, interim or contract job roles

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