Draw of the job for NE professionals

Professionals in the North East see the social values of their employers as the most important part of their working lives, according to a new survey.

85% of North East professionals felt that a good relationship with colleagues was vital to them, along with 81% wanting a good relationship with their boss. The findings come from a survey conducted by Durham Business School on behalf of recruitment consultancy Nigel Wright.

The online survey examined respondents' attitudes to their work, their jobs, and their organisation. Nigel Wright wanted the survey to find out what attracts scarce and highly talented managerial and professional employees to particular organisations.

The survey found that salary and benefits were also important, but they came in 8th in the list of people's priorities.

When asked about their current roles, 57% said that they like working at their organisation and 50% that they are satisfied with their job. Around two-thirds (67%) agreed that they were taken seriously and 68% felt that they were seen as valuable at work.

Mark Simpson, Director of UK Operations at Nigel Wright said: "The report highlights a number of factors which attract individuals to particular organisations. As a recruitment consultancy we see the impact of these first-hand on a daily basis.

"In the current market there are very few individuals who remain with a company for a long period of time due to career ambitions, money or change in pace, which in the current uncertain climates; this trend could go either way.

"As a result the need for strong employers branding and improved staff retention strategies is becoming increasingly important for organisations' success."

Mr Simpson said that businesses needed to be "honest and open" with potential candidates. The survey found that 35% of respondents did not know the good and bad points of the job before being hired and around a third of employees felt that their job had not turned out to be what they expected.

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