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By Erin Gaffney | Published Jul 23, 2012

Job satisfaction more important than money

The findings, from a survey by the Financial Adviser School, showed 83 per cent of those surveyed said work/life balance was an important factor when selecting a career.

The poll also revealed that nine out of 10 people, 87 per cent, told researchers that job satisfaction is important to them when selecting a career.

This compares to 84 per cent who rated money as important. In the 2011 poll, 54 per cent of 2000 employee’s rated salary and benefits as more important, with improving job satisfaction cited second by 42 per cent of respondents.

Lisa Winnard, director of the Financial Adviser School, said: “While salary is clearly important to the majority of people when making a decision about their working life, job satisfaction is deemed to be even more influential when deciding upon a career.

“The fact that the public focuses more on being content in their job is especially poignant at the moment – with the UK still in recession.”

Ms Winnard said employers should take note of these findings and realise that creating a positive workplace and imposing achievable targets may be of greater value than a larger pay packet for some employees.

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