Survey: Job-Seekers Desire Challenging Work Rather than Pay

Survey: Job-Seekers Desire Challenging Work Rather than Pay
A Korn Ferry survey reveals that the majority of people looking for a job would prefer to be challenged at work.

Despite market conditions or industry climate, the need for challenging work still trumps pay among job-seekers.

A January 2017 global survey by advisory firm Korn Ferry found that 73 percent of respondents would look for a new job because they were seeking a more challenging position. Compensation ranked low on the list, with just 5 percent responding they’d look for a new job to make more money.

Though Korn Ferry’s global survey of almost 2,000 professionals didn’t specify in which industry respondents work, the findings corroborate results from Rigzone’s recent Ideal Employer Survey of nearly 8,500 oil and gas professionals around the globe. Challenging and interesting work consistently ranked near the top in what respondents found most important in employers, from women to millennials.

“Professionals who have progressed in their careers have done so for a reason,” Kevin Cashman, senior partner, Korn Ferry, said in a release. “They’re passionate about what they do and need to feel that they are being pushed professionally and continually learning new skills.”

Additional findings from the Korn Ferry survey include:

  • 82 percent plan to participate independently in professional development or career advancement programs in 2017
  • 54 percent will enroll in classes to advance their education or career
  • 67 percent plan to participate in employer-sponsored professional development programs
  • 75 percent expect to receive a bonus
  • 55 percent of those who expect to receive a bonus believe it will be more than the previous year
  • 76 percent who plan to seek a new job in 2017 prefer a job in their chosen career at another company

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Kenny | Jan. 30, 2017
In sequential, by the percentiles received: 82%, internal Vs external, subsidized Vs self funded? - many variables = incomplete comparability. 54%, as above in regards to who is paying for said training. Im surprised at this median percentile of 67 (avg of the above?). If theyre paying, Im all-in. Personally applicable or not, let the next two percentiles on bonus expectations explain themselves. Does not applying oneself for our cause, or future endeavors justify themselves? As to the last 76%, of course! Everybody is looking to improve his or her situation, but unless one is all-in(self funded & subsidized), its unlikely to be fruitful in the improving, but yet somewhat dormant climate. Just my $0.02....


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