BOSTON, MA (January 27, 2020) – Today, Sevenstep, a global talent outsourcing company, leader in recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and a regarded managed service provider (MSP), released U.S. data from a Job Search Study, which includes sentiments from American workers and job seekers on their ability to find a new job, reasons for looking for a new job, where they search for a new job and what they find important when considering a new employer. The study was commissioned by Sevenstep and conducted online by The Harris Poll among over 1,300 employees and job seekers.
According to the study, more than 9 in 10 employees and job seekers (92%) have a dream job in mind, yet only 12 percent currently work in their dream job. Barriers listed to getting their dream job include pay being too low (26%), not enough open positions (24%) and that the job requires relocation (22%).
“Our survey findings revealed a strong level of confidence among U.S. employees and job seekers at the end of 2019,” said Amy Bush, president of Sevenstep. “The fact that the majority of employed Americans (86%) are open to a new job presents a huge opportunity for employers.”
Primary reasons for considering leaving their current job varied but include increased compensation (46%), improved work/life balance (27%) and more opportunity to grow and advance skills (18%). When asked their top five most important non-financial benefits, employees and job seekers cited a flexible schedule (50%), a job that is close to home/short commute (47%), a job with a PTO policy (45%), friendly coworkers (42%) and career growth opportunities (41%).
Additional findings include:
- Nearly half of employees and job seekers (49%) say among the biggest turn offs when considering a potential employer is low pay or low salary offerings, followed by lack of response or no follow up after an interview (39%), negative employee reviews on job sites (32%) and long interview processes (29%).
- The top five places employees and job seekers go to look for work include employment websites (57%), company websites (44%), friends and family (35%), social networking sites (33%), as well as in person – i.e. going directly to the company (24%).
- The top five considerations, aside from salary and benefits, prioritized by employees and job seekers include company stability (44%), flexible work environment (40%), growth within the company (34%), equal pay/gender equality (32%) and company reputation (30%).
For more findings, download a copy of the Sevenstep Job Search Study infographic: Employees and Job Seekers: Hopes, Views, Barriers.
This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Sevenstep between November 5-7, 2019 among 2,050 adults ages 18+, among whom 1,322 are currently employed or not employed but looking for work. Results were weighted for age within gender, region, race/ethnicity, income, and education where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.
Sevenstep is a global leader in total talent outsourcing and solutions. Annually ranked as a top enterprise recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) provider on HRO Today’s Baker’s Dozen list and a regarded managed service provider (MSP), Sevenstep provides services and solutions in nearly 50 countries spanning six continents. A bespoke suite of total talent services and solutions includes enterprise RPO, project RPO, MSP solutions, data analytics, and employer branding and talent attraction capabilities.
Sevenstep’s unrivaled partnership-driven approach and unbounded vision to total talent means talent acquisition wins and business performance gains. Learn more at www.sevensteprpo.com.
Amy Wrocklage – Executive Director