Training a key work drawcard
EDUCATIONAL opportunities and the excitement that comes with constant challenges is the best way to attract and retain quality staff, new figures show.
A survey of 1400 job seekers and 350 hiring managers by recruitment company Robert Walters found 38 per cent of them valued education and training as the most important factor when considering a job opportunity.
Internal mobility (both domestic and overseas) was the most vital factor for 33 per cent of respondents while a set pathway to promotion (and thus better pay) was ticked first by only 16 per cent of people.
Contrary to popular belief, remuneration is not the main motivator with professionals, Robert Walters Brisbane director Sinead Hourigan says.
‘‘ As salary benchmarks have become flatter – and money is no longer a major differentiator in choosing one job over another – other factors come into play to a greater extent,’’ she says.
‘‘ It’s long-term remuneration that people are focused on. The capacity to build and develop your career – be that through education and training or (other) pathways – is more vital as opposed to just the here and the now.’’
The study also found 75 per cent of professionals surveyed will ask specifically about career progression during the interview process.
But if the opportunities are not there, professionals will begin to look elsewhere within one or two years.