Work life balance a top priority for employees in 2015

Work life balance is the top priority for Australian job seekers in 2015, according to new research from recruitment company Hudson.

Work life balance is the top priority for Australian job seekers in 2015, according to new research from recruitment company Hudson.

Hudson’s 2015 The Hiring Report: The State of Hiring in Australia 2015, which surveyed more than 3,000 professionals and hiring managers across Australia, found work life balance, including flexible arrangements, has taken precedence as the top priority for Aussie workers. 70 per cent of respondents named work life balance as their number one priority – trumping the likes of salary, career progression and job title – in a list of the top nine attributes professionals look for in a new role.

Hudson believes the findings signal a dramatic shift in Australian work culture – and a growing pressure on employers to seriously consider their work life balance offering.

“No longer just a buzz term or the domain of the working mum, work life balance is now fundamental to all Australian professionals and will be firmly on the agenda as we move throughout 2015,” said Hudson Executive General Manager Dean Davidson.

While higher salary came in as the second highest priority for Australian job seekers (67 per cent), it was followed closely by cultural fit (64 per cent).

“The fact that cultural fit – that feeling of belonging – is so far up the value chain, and is actually the most important factor for senior executives, demonstrates that fitting in and feeling valued are also important priorities for Australian job seekers in 2015,” said Davidson.

Hudson’s survey also found that Australian employers are increasingly adopting a multi-pronged strategy to secure talent, encompassing not only recruitment specialists (34 per cent), but also leveraging personal networks (31 per cent), internal referral schemes (27 per cent) and headhunting (20 per cent).

The Top 9: What Australian jobseekers are looking for in 2015

  • Work life balance (including flexible arrangements): 70 per cent.
  • Higher salary: 67 per cent.
  • Cultural fit within organisation and/or team: 64 per cent.
  • Career progression/training opportunities: 58 per cent.
  • Better benefits: 46 per cent.
  • A company whose values are closer to mine: 36 per cent.
  • Strong manager: 30 per cent.
  • Better brand: 14 per cent.
  • Better job title: 13 per cent.

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