Job security tops Kiwis’ workplace wannabe list
In these hard times, Kiwis are opting for job security first when choosing where to work.
Recruiter Randstad’s 2012 survey of 7000 New Zealanders shows 19% rate job security as their top factor in picking somewhere to work, up eight points on last year.
They also rate financially healthy companies equally in their choice – at 19% compared with 7% last year. Third most important was competitive salary and employee benefits at 12%, down from 15% last year.
Curiously, though, when the survey was examined by gender, men and women had strongly different views.
While men nearly all rated international career opportunities as factors for choosing a company (99%), women chose flexible working conditions (47%).
The women also rated a conveniently located workplace (33%), a pleasant working atmosphere (32%), diversity in their workplace (25%), good work/life balance (21%) and strong image/strong values.
Only 5% rated interesting job content and 3% picked competitive salary and employee benefits.
The men also rated financially healthy companies (49%), career progression opportunities (23%), good training (13%), strong management (10%) and quality products/services (10%).
Younger people also rated international career opportunities more highly (158%), with career progression opportunities (61%) and good training (31%).
Flexible working opportunities picked by just 3%.
Among older people, quality products/services rated more 48%, followed by diversity in the workplace 30% and interesting job content 27%.
More highly educated respondents also rated global career opportunities (83%) and career progression (26%).
Randstad surveyed 3448 men and 3583 women online.
By age, 32% of those surveyed were 25 to 39 and 36% were 40-59 years old.
By occupation, the largest number were in education/public administration/healthcare (977), followed by retail (487) industrial/manufacturing (325), construction (266) and services (257).