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London workers are the most ambitious in the UK

by Sarah Dunsby
26th Feb 19 6:12 am

A large majority of professionals in London (60%) cite career development and progression as their number one career priority. This compares with just a third of employees in Scotland (33%), North East (35%), Yorkshire & Humber (40%), and South West (44%) who state that progression is an important part of a job offer.

Similarly, Londoners are the most motivated by salary, with almost three quarters (69%) stating that a competitive pay was crucial to them accepting a new job.

This compares with just 37% in the North East, 45% in Scotland, 48% in the South West who state that a competitive salary is just one of a number of factors that would sway them to move roles.

Interestingly, almost half of professionals in London (40%) would be open to switching to a contract, interim or temporary position, citing increase in pay (37%), more flexibility (23%) and the opportunity to learn new skills (16%) as the key reason for this.

The findings come from a new report from leading recruiter Robert Walters and job board CV-Library on meeting candidate demands through the job offer.

It seems professionals in London want it all, with a third stating that team culture is an important consideration in a job offer – compared with just 6% in Wales, 9% in South West, 13% in Scotland, 13% in North East, 15% in Yorkshire and Humber, and 17% in The Midlands.

Overall, professionals in London stated that work life balance (58%), location – being close to home or a city (41%), and flexible working hours (31%) as the most important factors when looking at a new job opportunity.

Chris Hickey, UK CEO at Robert Walters said, “According to our survey, employees within London are the least loyal, with only a fifth (17%) having been with their employer for more than five years.

“With Brexit on the horizon and attractive opportunities cropping up in other regions outside of London and the UK, employers in the city need to work hard to improve their workplace environment and bulk-up the job offering in order to attract the most ambitious talent.”

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