Dream job beats pay

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AL­MOST half of pro­fes­sional work­ers are will­ing to take a pay cut to move into their dream pro­fes­sion, re­search from spe­cial­ist re­cruit­ment con­sul­tancy Robert Walters finds.

The sur­vey of more than 1000 work­ers re­veals 46 per cent would take any pay cut to move into their pre­ferred pro­fes­sion.

Two-thirds, or 67 per cent, were will­ing to lose up to $5000 from their salary, with 18 per cent will­ing to take a cut of up to $10,000 and 15 per cent will­ing to lose more than $10,000.

Di­rec­tor Michelle Cot­trell says re­mu­ner­a­tion ranks highly in im­por­tance for the av­er­age pro­fes­sional but is rarely top of the list.

‘‘ This re­search shows that most pro­fes­sion­als are will­ing to sac­ri­fice pay to be in a role they en­joy and are en­gaged in,’’ she says.

‘‘ Or­gan­i­sa­tions should keep this in mind when search­ing for new tal­ent and re­tain­ing their cur­rent teams.

‘‘ To keep your best pro­fes­sion­als you must of­fer at­trac­tive ben­e­fits, pro­gres­sion and projects that will keep em­ploy­ees en­gaged.’’

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