MUST BE THE MONEY -- AND THE JOB SECURITY

Survey Finds Salary, Company Stability Deciding Factors For Job Seekers

MENLO PARK, CA -- When deciding on a job offer, workers still place the greatest weight on pay and job security, a recent survey of executives shows.  Twenty-seven percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) polled believe salary is the biggest consideration for prospective new hires; 24 percent said it is company stability.  The results are consistent with a 2001 survey asking this question.

 

The survey was developed by Robert Half Finance & Accounting, the world’s first and largest specialized financial recruitment service.  It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from more than 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.

CFOs were asked, “In your opinion, which one of the following is the most important consideration for job candidates today when evaluating employment offers?  Their responses:

 

                                                                            2006        2001
Salary level..........................................................   27%        23%
Stability of the company.......................................    24%        28%
Work environment/corporate culture ......................   22%        20%
Career advancement opportunities.........................    17%        21%
Equity incentives/stock options.............................      4%          4%
Other..................................................................     3%          0%
Don’t know/no answer..........................................     3%          4%
                                                                            100%      100%

 

                                                                                         

 

 

“Businesses that have a successful track record and offer competitive compensation are at an advantage during the hiring process,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half and author of Human Resources Kit For Dummies® (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).  “Employers should emphasize all the factors that distinguish their firms, such as exceptional pay and benefits, a history of stability and growth, and a supportive corporate culture.”

 

Messmer noted that small, emerging companies that cannot afford to pay premium salaries can highlight other qualities, including the strength of their leadership team.  “The best candidates tend to base at least part of their employment decisions on how much they can learn on the job.  During the recruiting process, hiring managers are selling potential employees as much on their own experience and management style as on the other features that make the firm a great place to work.”

Founded in 1948, Robert Half Finance & Accounting, a division of Robert Half, has more than 330 locations throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and offers online job search services at www.roberthalf.com.

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