Chang­ing jobs is just a mat­ter of crust

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TIM McIN­TYRE

RIS­ING liv­ing costs are prompt­ing Aus­tralians to pri­ori­tise salary over perks and con­ve­nience when choos­ing jobs, a study re­cently found.

The LinkedIn re­search re­vealed 53 per cent of Aus­tralians are mo­ti­vated by a bet­ter salary when look­ing for new roles, while less than 20 per cent wanted perks and ben­e­fits.

LinkedIn di­rec­tor of ta­lent so­lu­tions Ja­son Laufer said more peo­ple were chas­ing more money than re­cent years, at a time when 89 per cent of ta­lent is pre­pared to move jobs.

“The rea­son the ma­jor­ity will leave an or­gan­i­sa­tion is poor lead­er­ship, but sec­ond to that is com­pen­sa­tion,” Mr Laufer said. “( They) want to know who they are work­ing for, the struc­ture of the com­pany and what they will earn.”

When a re­cruiter reaches out, 74 per cent say know­ing the salary range is es­sen­tial, while 37 per cent had moved to their cur­rent role for more pay.

“Hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity is at an all- time low. Child­care and other costs of liv­ing are more ex­pen­sive than ever, es­pe­cially in our cap­i­tal cities. Salaries need to be able to cover that,” Mr Laufer said.

The survey also in­di­cated Aus­tralians see them­selves as un­likely to stay in jobs as long as pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions, with 89 per cent in­ter­ested in hear­ing about new op­por­tu­ni­ties. In fact, 28 per cent en­vi­sioned leav­ing their cur­rent roles within a year, while 50 per cent would be mo­ti­vated to look else­where if they felt they weren’t be­ing chal­lenged.

A Hays Re­cruit­ment study found 87 per cent of em­ploy­ees want an­nual salary re­views.

The Hays Salary Guide 2017 re­vealed 17 per cent of job seek­ers ex­pected to get a salary in­crease of 3 to 6 per cent in their next role, while 6 per cent ex­pected 10 per cent or more. Around 45 per cent would ask for a raise at their next re­view, said Nick Deli­gian­nis, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Hays Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

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