What are job applicants looking for in 2017?

Written by Sanderson Recruitment | Blog | Candidates | Clients | Posted 29/08/2017 10:49:10

The job market is a competitive places for those looking for a job, but it doesn’t stop there. Nowadays businesses need to consider how competitive they can also be to attract the best in the industry. These three big factors play a major part in your attraction rate, try our tips to make sure your offering is up there with the best of the best.

Job Security

What does the future look like for your business? Whilst most organisations truly value their staff, many don’t fully consider how their functions will adapt and grow over the years. Job security goes hand in hand with the evolution of roles and departments.

73.5% of applicants with less than 4 years of experience agreed or strongly agreed with the statement, “job security is important to me”.Think about the ways you can ensure the future of any position within your business and use this to your advantage when you advertise new roles.


The importance of benefits to today’s younger generation tends to be the leading topic of most millennial job reports. Research actually finds however, that 84.7% of those with more than 20 years experience also rate benefits as either ‘important’ or ‘very important’. So getting your benefits right should be a top priority across the board.

Some of the top rated benefits offered in the UK include generous holiday allowances, flexible hours, competitive salaries, health and life insurance and substantial pension schemes. Further to this, many now also offer professional development programmes and free skills advancement courses for those looking to boost their abilities outside of the skills directly related to their role.


Flexible working and work/life balance are two of the most important elements of the working environment according to reports. In fact, the more experienced the individual the higher they rate this. 50.8% of those with more than 20 years experience considered work/life balance to be ‘highly important’ to work satisfaction.

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