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Career progression more important than salaries

Career progression more important than salaries

According to a recent report by online recruitment specialist, webrecruit, career progression is valued more than salary in IT vacancies. The survey of over 500 job seekers who applied for IT roles in March 2012, found that over half (57%) would find career progression more attractive than salary in an IT vacancy.

Salary came in second place (18%) in the survey, with training coming next (10%), benefits package rated fourth (3%) and working hours being listed last (2%).

According to Phil Roebuck, Founder / Director of webrecruit, “This focus on developing a career over the salary level is interesting and I think it’s important for organisations filling an IT role to bear this in mind. If your job advert doesn’t allude to the career opportunities available but has a high pay bracket, you might actually be putting off potential talent.”

The report also found that job title (86%), Location (60%) and skill set (53%) were the most commonly used searches for vacancies on job boards, further enforcing the decreasing value of salary in the job hunt. “It’s encouraging that even in a tough economic climate candidates are looking at which roles fit their skills set rather than simply going for any and every job available.” Roebuck continued. “As recruiters I think it’s important to take this into consideration when advertising roles and ensure we are passing this message onto our clients to make sure the look at what opportunities they are offering potential employees.”

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