Friday 24 November 2017

Salary main reason why three out of 10 looking for new job

Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

ALMOST three out of ten adults in paid employment are on the look-out for a new job, according to a survey of a thousand job seekers.

Money, location and work/life balance are the key issues for those in the jobs market – but it's hardly a surprise that almost half put salary at the top of the list.

Men are more likely to cite pay than women (55pc v 38pc), while more women place their main emphasis on a work/life balance then their male counterparts (20pc v 15pc).

The size of the company, its reputation and the number of holidays per year are least likely to sway people.

"The survey threw up some very interesting findings about how many people are looking for jobs and, crucially, what motivates them to move," said DoneDealJobs commercial manager Kevin Keating.

Six out of 10 in the survey were in full- or part-time work, with the remainder in college, unemployed, retired or caring in the home. Of the 592 who had jobs, almost seven in 10 were in the private sector and 51pc were male.

But the study also revealed almost one in three Irish adults were looking for a new job, with 16pc actively searching. Another quarter always keep an eye on jobs/roles advertised in their preferred field "just in case".

The majority of workers applying for other jobs – 57pc – were not happy in their current roles and never felt valued in the workplace.

Four out of 10 were single and the same proportion was in the 16-24 age group.


And of the 25pc of employees who were not job hunting, almost half always felt valued at work, half were aged over 55 and a third were happy.

The research was conducted by Coyne Research on behalf of DoneDeal last month, when Ireland's unemployment rate fell to its lowest in nearly five years.

Official figures showed that economic conditions were continuing to improve as the number of claimants on the Live Register dropped by 3,400 in April to 392,700. The unemployment rate fell to 11.7pc from 11.8pc in March – the 22nd consecutive monthly drop.

The new research suggests that job hunters primarily rely on recruitment agencies to find work. Almost a third visit general job websites, such as and Done Deal.

Just under three out of five used a laptop most when searching for a job online and one in five used a desktop – a figure that rose among the over-45s.

The younger job seekers were more likely to opt for their smartphone (19pc).

Irish Independent

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