Care workers say a good salary tops their list of priorities in their work life with friendly colleagues coming a close second.
A survey of 1200 care workers carried out by job website CV-Library, showed 44.2% opted for a good salary as the most important factor with friendly colleagues important for 41.9%.
The survey revealed that almost half (41.9%) of care professionals are unhappy in their current roles. The job dissatisfaction could be one of the driving factors behind a big hike in application rates in January. When asked to share what they believe to be the biggest contributing factors to their own workplace happiness, professionals revealed that their top career priorities include:
- A good salary – 44.2%
- Friendly colleagues – 41.9%
- Learning new skills – 39.5%
- Room for progression – 34.9%
- Great company culture – 30.2%
- A nice boss – 25.6%
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “Candidates are storming the job market like never before and it’s clear that many are searching for roles with a strict set of criteria in mind. As such, it’s important that businesses are offering the full package. But this doesn’t just mean fair salaries and workplace perks. A great company culture and a friendly workforce should also be a priority.”
When comparing these factors with data from February 2016, the findings suggest that that there has been a shift in the career priorities of UK professionals. The job role and its responsibilities was the number one career priority for workers two years ago shortly followed by salary.
Mr Biggins added: “It’s interesting to see this shift in career priorities, with professionals no longer placing as much importance on the role itself. It’s definitely important to enjoy what you do and this should always be a priority when moving jobs. That said the move is not surprising given ongoing economic uncertainty, as today’s professionals seek financial stability.”