For most, it’s not about the money

The Courier-Mail - Career One - - Front Page -

AUS­TRALIAN work­ers buck global trends of choos­ing and swap­ping jobs based on pay.

Man­pow­erGroup So­lu­tions re­port Be­low the Sur­face: Emerg­ing Global Mo­ti­va­tors and Job Search Pref­er­ences re­veals only 33 per cent of Aus­tralian re­spon­dents con­sider com­pen­sa­tion an im­por­tant fac­tor in their ca­reer de­ci­sions, com­pared to 54 per cent glob­ally.

In Aus­tralia, the main fac­tors are the type of work (72 per cent) and ge­o­graphic lo­ca­tion (52 per cent).

Least im­por­tant fac­tors are brand rep­u­ta­tion (21 per cent) and op­por­tu­nity for ad­vance­ment (26 per cent).

But of those cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for ad­vance­ment, 40 per cent are from Gen­er­a­tion Y, sug­gest­ing younger work­ers are more mo­ti­vated in their ca­reers.

Man­pow­erGroup So­lu­tions general man­ager Sue Howse says widen­ing skills gaps and a com­pet­i­tive busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment means it is more cru­cial than ever for em­ploy­ers to un­der­stand how to source key ta­lent and how to re­tain them in the long-term.

“As the ta­lent short­age grows, mak­ing it more dif­fi­cult to find can­di­dates with the right skills, busi­nesses need to un­der­stand what job seek­ers are look­ing for,” she says.

“Peo­ple with in-de­mand skills are mak­ing dif­fer­ent ca­reer choices today based on life­style pref­er­ences and be­liefs, which com­pli­cates tra­di­tional re­cruit­ment mod­els and forces com­pa­nies to think dif­fer­ently about their re­cruit­ment and work­force man­age­ment strate­gies.”

An­other find­ing from the re­port is that Aus­tralians pre­fer in-per­son in­ter­views. Two thirds (67 per cent) say an in­per­son in­ter­view with a hir­ing man­ager is best, fol­lowed by an in-per­son group in­ter­view (12 per cent).

Video in­tro­duc­tions about pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence and as­pi­ra­tions is the least pre­ferred method (2 per cent).

Busi­nesses need to un­der­stand what job seek­ers are

look­ing for

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