Our lovely friends over at Career Moves recently conducted a survey to find out how important salary is when looking for a new role. You will be surprised by the results. Here is Sarah with more details…
Do we just want a good salary?
The Career Moves Office Support team recently sent out a Salary and Insights Survey, which produced some surprising results. We surveyed over 200 office support professionals, and discovered some interesting facts:
A huge factor for Assistants when looking for their next opportunity is unsurprisingly salary with 89% saying this was most important when looking for a new role. Interestingly, only a 3rd of respondents are actually happy with their current salary and benefits package!
A salary increase can be extremely attractive, and often a big motivator to change roles, or sometimes even move industry. But interestingly, in the results of our survey, salary did not come out on top. The number one is actually job content with a staggering 92% saying it’s all about the job itself. Secondly, was workplace culture. A whopping 90% said that this is their number one factor to consider when thinking about their next opportunity.
So if you’re thinking of moving roles, and salary is a big motivator for you, stop and consider job content and culture. These are equally as important – sometimes even more so!
How to spot a good office culture
90% considered workplace culture to be the most important thing when looking for a new employer. That is a huge percentage! It can be difficult to get a sense of the office culture before you take the job so here are a few tips to help you spot a great work place:
- Has the organisation won any awards or put themselves forward for any. Every year in the UK The Sunday Times puts together a list of the top 100 firms to work for. Alternatively, have a look on the organisation’s website to see if they have been nominated or won any accolades.
- Extend your research on the firm to include office culture, values and benefits (particularly around wellbeing). If the organisation has a social media presence this is also a good place to look for examples of their office culture. Is their content fun and relaxed or professional and formal? This will give you a good understanding of the culture and atmosphere in the office.
- Remember, you can ask questions in the interview about the office culture! You will get a good sense of what to expect from the interviewer’s answers. During your interviews also take a look at the office itself – what is the set up and what does the furniture look like. Again a nice environment shows that the employer is thinking about their staff.
- What is the overall package you are being offered? Although salary is not the number one driving factor it is still important. An employer that offers a good salary for the work that you do shows that they will value you. Also look at the overall benefit package. What else do they offer to retain employees?
- Last but not least, you can also speak to your recruitment agency about the employer. What type of candidates have they placed before and if you will be a good fit.
If you are looking for a new role please do download our free Ebook – The Practically Perfect PA guide to: Preparing for the perfect job.
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We would also like to thank Career Moves for access to their survey results. If you would like to get in touch with Career Moves, here are the details: