Salary Aside, Vacation Time and Corporate Culture Mean the Most to Workers Weighing Job Offers

Source: www.accountemps.com

February 21, 2018

MENLO PARK, CA - Beyond the paycheck, what factors are critical for candidates considering job offers? According to a new survey from staffing firm Accountemps, more than one-quarter of workers (26 percent) cited vacation time as most important. Corporate culture (24 percent) and career advancement potential (21 percent) came in close behind. 
 
Workers were asked, "Aside from salary, which one of the following is the most important factor to you when considering a job offer?" Their responses: 

  • Vacation time/paid time off: 26% 
  • Corporate culture/work environment: 24% 
  • Career advancement potential: 21% 
  • Work-from-home options: 11% 
  • Professional development/training: 9% 
  • Other: 9% 

Additional findings:

  • Employees in Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit value personal time off most.
  • Professionals in Boston, Des Moines and Salt Lake City say corporate culture holds the greatest appeal.
  • Workers in Dallas, Houston and New York consider career advancement potential the most important factor in job decisions.
  • Workers ages 55 and older are more interested in paid time off (29 percent) than those ages 35 to 54 (27 percent) and 18 to 34 (22 percent).
  • Professionals ages 18 to 34 prefer career advancement potential (30 percent) above all else, compared to those ages 35 to 54 (22 percent) and 55 and older (10 percent).
  • Female respondents say vacation time (27 percent) is the key factor in employment decisions, while men say corporate culture (25 percent) is most critical. 

View a map of the top job factors by city. Data tables with a breakdown of the results by gender and age are also available.

"In today's employment market, companies need to put their best foot forward when making job offers and, beyond salary, highlight benefits that could entice candidates," said Michael Steinitz, executive director of Accountemps. "Professionals want to be hired by organizations that support work-life balance and have values that align with their own. An attractive corporate culture can go a long way toward recruiting and retaining top talent."

Steinitz added, "Job seekers should make a list of must-haves and nice-to-haves before evaluating employment opportunities. Remember, companies may not be able to offer you everything. It's best to decide ahead of time what's most important to you."

More information about compensation and benefits can be found on the Robert Half blog.

About the Survey
The survey of workers was developed by Accountemps and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from more than 2,700 workers across 27 major U.S. cities.

About Accountemps
Accountemps, a Robert Half company, is the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The staffing firm has more than 300 locations worldwide. More resources, including talent and job search services, can be found at roberthalf.com/accountemps.