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HR professionals value job satisfaction above salary

HR professionals value job satisfaction as the most important aspect of their working life, according to employment agency Reed’s annual HR Salary Guide and Market Insight report.

According to the research, 38% of HR professionals rate job satisfaction as the most important part of working. In contrast, only 17% said they valued good salary and benefits as the most important aspect of their role.

Work-life balance was chosen as the most important by 31% of HR professionals.

The report also revealed that people working in HR are the most likely to get a bonus. Out of the 11 industries surveyed 28% of HR professionals received a bonus in the 12 months from October 2013, compared to a national average of 2%.

Reed group managing director Tom Lovell said: “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.”

Reed divisional director Gert Nzimiro added: “Employers will have to re-consider the way they recruit and retain staff. It’s not just a question of paying talented staff more money to keep them. Recruiters have to match the right personalities to the right work environment, and offer a challenging workplace with clear lines of progression in order to provide job satisfaction.”