Prospects and pay top career choice prospects

By David tucker

Published 20/02/2016 | 00:00

Jackie Slattery, from Career Zoo.
Jackie Slattery, from Career Zoo.

Despite a range of tempting perks offered by employers to attract talent, salary and the likelihood of promotion are the top two factors influencing career choices, according to a Career Zoo survey.

Career Zoo surveyed workers in Ireland about their career plans and preferences, receiving over 1,600 responses. The survey findings show that:

* Almost 90 per cent of respondents believe they will change jobs at least every five years for the remainder of their careers.

* 70 per cent of respondents are planning to change jobs this year.

* Respondents rate salary, promotion opportunities and an employer's reputation and corporate culture as the three most important factors to consider when looking for a new job.

* Reasonable working hours and a good work/life balance is considered the most important factor in creating a positive working environment.

* Demand for flexible work options - including remote working and flexible hours - continues to grow, with a large number of respondents saying flexibility could be the deciding factor when choosing between similar jobs.

Commenting on the survey findings, Jackie Slattery, Director of Career Zoo, said: 'Our survey was targeted at high-skilled workers in the tech, finance, engineering and life sciences sectors. The majority of respondents have over 10 years' work experience already.'

Career Zoo is Ireland's leading technology and recruitment event, taking place twice each year at The Convention Centre Dublin and attracting 8,000 attendees each time. The next Career Zoo takes place on Saturday, February 20.

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