What are candidates looking for?

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How do people gauge whether or not their job is a ‘good one’? Is it having a big pay cheque, development opportunities and a good benefits package? Or perhaps it is the draw of less tangible benefits such as a social and fun atmosphere with good working relationships, opportunities to work flexibly with a boss who encourages a good work-life balance or one which is simply rewarding and enjoyable. Whether you are a self-employed gardener, a volunteer in a local junior school or the CEO of a large Organisation we all have different priorities and ideas of what makes a role a good one.

Glassdoor has released their annual report of the 25 best jobs in the UK. They compiled the information from data recorded on their website in the last 12 months. The results were based on three factors: how much you can make in the role, the number of job openings for that role right now and job satisfaction shared by employees.

The top 10 of the 25 jobs on the list were:

Audit Manager: Median Salary £52,000, Job Satisfaction 4.5/5, Job openings: 1,124

Finance Manager: Median Salary £60,000, Job Satisfaction 3.8/5, Job openings: 2,001

Marketing Manager: Median Salary 42,500, Job Satisfaction 3.9/5, Job openings: 1,966

Product Manager: Median Salary £52,500, Job Satisfaction 3.8/5, Job openings: 1,697

Sales Manager: Median Salary £42,000, Job Satisfaction 3.8/5, Job openings: 2,795

Risk Manager: Median Salary £60,000, Job Satisfaction 3.9/5, Job openings: 1,111

Data Scientist: Median Salary £46,000, Job Satisfaction 4/5, Job openings: 995

Operations Manager: Median Salary £42,000, Job Satisfaction 3.7/5, Job openings: 2,226

Design Manager: Median Salary £55,000, Job Satisfaction 4.1/5, Job openings: 719

Business Analyst: Median Salary £40,000, Job Satisfaction 3.7/5, Job openings: 2,949

The average salary of the top 25 was a healthy yet modest £45,000, showing that earning ‘top dollar’ is not always everyone’s priority. Trends showed that the title Manager appeared 14 times and Tech and IT jobs featured heavily.

Amanda Stansell, Glassdoor’s Economic Research Analyst said, “We’re seeing a spike in demand for highly-skilled workers in 2019”.

Therefore, if you are looking for your next recruit, think about what else you can offer other than salary to make it a more attractive proposition.

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