Procurement workers reveal career priorities

  • Work-life balance and job satisfaction trump salary as THE most important aspects of working life

  • Breakdown across the ages reveals changing priorities when it comes to work and play

With research revealing that workers in procurement roles rate work-life balance and job satisfaction as more important than salary, recruitment specialist REED is urging employers to give consideration to their recruitment and retention strategies.

The poll of over 1,600 workers by YouGov, in association with the launch of the REED 2015 Salary Guides, questioned workers on their attitudes to work, career aspirations and regrets.

What really matters at work

Within the findings, REED identified key trends which indicate how UK workers’ priorities change over the course of their career – which could have a significant effect on the talent management strategies of many UK firms.

With 36% of workers in procurement claiming that good job satisfaction is the single most important aspect of working life, followed by the need for good work-life balance (28%), it’s no longer just about the salary package.

Results revealed – what matters most across the ages

18-24                     Salary and benefits (38%)

25-34                     Job satisfaction (31%)

35-45                     Work-life balance (31%)

45-54                     Salary and benefits (25%)

55+                         Job satisfaction and work-life balance (joint top – 32%)

Career carousel

The poll revealed that one in eight workers (13%) in procurement are unsatisfied in their role, with one in five (20%) planning to look for a new job over the next 12 months.

While slightly more than one in ten workers (13%) have stayed loyal to the same employer, twice as many (23%) have moved workplaces more than seven times. When asked why they changed employer, procurement and supply chain workers reported better prospects or promotion (43%), better salary (41%) and boredom with their current role (28%) as the top three motivators.

Tom Lovell, group managing director at REED, said: “In a candidate-led market such as this, employers need to think hard about how they attract and retain procurement staff. 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.

“Our research shows that in the last 12 months, 29% of procurement and supply chain workers received some form of pay rise, and almost a quarter (24%) received a bonus. However, with 22% having received no benefits, the fact that 20% are planning to look for a new role over the next 12 months, is hardly surprising. Employers need to start taking action and think wider than just the salary package.”

The REED 2015 Salary and Market Insight report can be obtained at

For further information please contact:

Megan Coulson on 0121 713 3550/07557256050 or email

Gemma Perks on 0121 713 3829/ 07796 996035 or email

Ian Stanley on 0121 713 3939/07974266458 or email

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