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Infographic: What do you want in a job?

­­How employers attract talent in a candidate-led market.

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At first glance, it may seem that employers run the show when it comes to shaping the UK jobs market, but totaljobs’ latest study has revealed that the market is in fact becoming increasingly candidate-driven.

Over 4,000 recruiters and jobseekers were surveyed to find out more and discover what really attracts candidates to new employers.

42% of employers think that candidates have become noticeably pickier about the jobs they accept, so what exactly has changed in recent years?

Our infographic reveals all. Find more insights into what seals the deal for candidates below.

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What attracts candidates to a company?

It’s always valuable for employers to see things from a jobseeker’s perspective, whether that’s finding out what impresses candidates or what seals the deal for them when considering a new role. So, employees taking the survey were asked to select their top three pulls in a new role. Here are the results!

  1. Salary (66%)
  2. Career development/progression (31%)
  3. Perks and benefits – e.g. gym (29%)
  4. Great office culture (26%)
  5. Location (26%)
  6. Flexible working options (24%)
  7. Work/life balance (23%)
  8. Job description (21%)
  9. Employer brand (15%)
  10. Training and development (14%)
  11. Job security (12%)
  12. Making a difference (10%)
  13. Ethics (3%)

Why are employers shouting about flexible working?

Almost a quarter of candidates admit that flexible working is one of the most important things they look for in a new job, so totaljobs investigated why many employers are going down the flexible working route as well as why it’s easier to offer than a salary change or promotion.

While 66% of employers now offer flexible working conditions, 74% offer part-time work, 73% offer flexitime work, 48% offer job shares and 65% offer the option to work from home.

Although the jobs market has seen a distinct increase in the number of employers offering flexible working, in reality, most have to put together an application to request flexible working within their company. It’s then at the discretion of the employer to assess each application and come to a decision.

How do employees apply for flexible working?

Before an employee can apply for flexible working, they must have been employed by the same company for at least 26 weeks. Application letters can often be provided by the company, otherwise employees may have to produce it themselves.

It is important to note that any application for flexible working must include the date, a statement expressing that this is a statutory request, details of how the employee wants to work flexibly and when they want to start.

There should also be an explanation of how they think flexible working might affect the business and how this could be handled. In addition, they should state whether a previous application for flexible working has been made.

How can employers get involved?

Flexible working is not something that employers opt in to. What most people don’t know is that all employees have the legal right to request flexible working.

Breaking the conventional 9 to 5 mould, flexible working employees can now benefit from job sharing, working from home, part-time hours, compressed hours, flexitime, annualised hours, staggered hours and phased retirement.

Agreeing and rejecting applications

If employers decide to allow an applicant to take up flexible working, they should make sure they produce a letter that includes a statement outlining any changes and what date their flexible working hours will commence.

The employee’s contract will also need to be amended within 28 days to reflect any changes. If however an employer decides to reject an employee’s application for flexible working, they must notify the employee and explain why. Applications can be rejected for any of the following reasons:

  • It will incur extra costs that will damage the business;
  • The work can’t be reorganised among other staff;
  • People can’t be recruited to do the work;
  • Flexible working will affect quality and performance;
  • The business won’t be able to meet customer demand;
  • There’s a lack of work to do during the proposed working times;
  • The business is planning changes to the workforce.

If you’re considering approaching your employer to ask for flexible working, make sure you understand your rights beforehand– and be willing to prove that a change in the way you work will be in both parties’ best interests.

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  1. davenloyd maglangit Saturday, 13 Feb, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    i welling to apply and work open country

  2. Alan Rennie. Saturday, 13 Feb, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I think many of these so called market research questionnaires, need to be taken with a pinch of salt. Most of them ask leading questions that can only be answered in a way that suits the questioner, therefore muddying any real data. Unfortunately most people believe this data, because they are too lazy to find things out for themselves.

    • Pearl Monday, 29 Feb, 2016 at 8:47 am

      I tend to agree with the first part of ypur comment as I believe surveys and statistics always need to be viewed with a pinch of salt. But your last sentence seems rather off the cuff there. Which “people” are you referring to – employers, employees, or everyone in general?
      And I think that your assertion that people are “too lazy to find out for themselves” is ill-considered. For example, some employees may believe this data as the results of a general survey because they dont have the time or means to do their own research into what 4000people think. They are only able to go by what they know is true for themselves as individuals amd maybe a few other people they know. And it would be foolish for one to paint a whole population with paint brush informed by the views of a few.

  3. Jacqueline Lee-Kersh Saturday, 13 Feb, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    With maturity & experience from a lengthy career, for any meaningful long term employment or even self employment with one company paying a salary or commission, you have to trust your employer. With trust comes respect, with respect comes motivation. Pay on time & flexibility of working hours. Reciprocity is key.

  4. Calista Sunday, 14 Feb, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Sorry to disagree but this is not a candidate led-market. Being of the older generation (over 40) I am not happy with the recruitment agencies and the way they work. Whilst candidates get short JDs with no resort to the full spectrum and agencies expect a lot of info from the candidate without disclosing much about the role, there always going to be problems unless employers do the recruitment themselves. The statement ‘flexible working’ is a myth and it does not apply to employees (maybe to consultants and self-employed people). There is no must for employers (there is no legislation for any musts). The offensive response you get every time you send your CV (despite 20yrs in the business) – we only respond to high calibre candidates – and talking to agencies who do not seem to understand much about roles is a false economy…

    • Robert Saturday, 26 Mar, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      I agree Calista, agencies just tick boxes. After 30 years employment record, 25 with 2 employers. Their focus is on the recent 5 years due to redundancies & location, 5 miles off patch, there is no common sense & the boxes must be ticked.

    • gary Saturday, 26 Mar, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Spot on. Recruitment agencies are a pain in the a $$

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