Job satisfaction tops salary for procurement professionals – report

16 February 2015

Procurement workers rate job satisfaction and work-life balance more highly than salary, according to a survey.

The Reed 2015 Salary and Market Insight report contains results of a poll of more than 1,600 workers on their attitudes to work and career aspirations and regrets.

It found that overall, 36 per cent of workers in procurement claimed that job satisfaction was the single most important aspect of working life, followed by the need for a good work-life balance at 28 per cent.

However, Reed said the figures showed changing priorities over the course of a career, with younger workers rating salary and benefits higher.

One in eight procurement workers are unsatisfied in their role, with one in five planning to look for a new job over the next 12 months, the report said.

Slightly more than one in ten workers have stayed loyal to the same employer, but twice as many have moved workplaces more than seven times, with workers citing better prospects or promotion, better salary and boredom as the three biggest motivations.

Tom Lovell, group managing director at Reed, said: “What this research shows is that although salary is very important, now we’re out of the recession it’s no longer just about pay, employers need to consider many other factors, such as flexible working and how they can offer the greatest job satisfaction.”

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