Train­ing a key work draw­card

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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.

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