Technology a key consideration for job seekers

Posted: 2018-02-22 04:21:44

What features on jobseekers' wish lists when looking for a new role? Research has revealed that along with factors such as work-life balance, company culture and career development opportunities, technology is also proving a key priority for today's candidates.

A recent survey of just over 2,000 adults, conducted by, revealed that 53% regard the standard of technology a key consideration when accepting a new role.

What's more, 37% of those questioned said they would turn down a job if they felt the hardware on offer did not meet their expectations.

The reason for this is clear. Technology makes us more productive in the workplace, and 74% of those surveyed agree.

Compared to other 'perks of the job', a high standard of technology was placed above flexible working (45%), the office environment and decor (39%), and staff discounts (33%).

Speaking about the results, Mark Kelly, marketing manager at stated: "It's no surprise that the latest technology is important for many of us when considering a new role.

"It appears that some employers may be focusing too much on other perks such as office design or providing staff discounts and are missing the basics."

Kelly continued by saying that even though these perks may be effective in attracting new talent, "access to the latest technology enables employees to be more productive, and so has a better impact on the overall business."

Looking at the results in more detail, we find that marketing is the sector that places the greatest value on technology (84%). Moving down the list we find creative and photographic (81%), information and communications (78%), professional services (73%) and education (71%).

According to Kelly: "Finding a balance of office perks is key to recruiting the best candidates and can also ensure that employees feel valued and happy in their jobs."

Are you offering the perks that will attract the best talent? At Stopgap we can help you fine-tune your job offer to ensure you tick every box on a candidate's wish list. Get in touch with us today.

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