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Competitive salary and benefits are most important for 73% of Canadians seeking an employer, according to a Randstad poll.

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Respondents ranked other factors as follows:

  • Long-term job security (56%)
  • Pleasant working atmosphere (51%)
  • Good work-life balance (43%)
  • Career progression opportunities (37%)
  • Interesting job content (36%)
  • Conveniently located (34%)
  • Financial health (33%)
  • Flexible working arrangements (29%)
  • Good training (27%)
  • Strong management (17%)
  • Quality of products and/or services (14%)
  • Strong image and values (14%)
  • Concern with environment and society (10%)
  • Diversity management (10%)
  • International or global career opportunities (9%)
  • Use of latest technology (8%)

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The Transport and Logistics sector (45%) is the most desirable, with both men and women ranking it number one. The sector also earned favorable results on training, a pleasant work atmosphere and interesting job content. Transport and Logistics was followed by:

  • High Tech Manufacturing (42%)
  • Motor Vehicle & Parts (39%)
  • Energy (41%)
  • Healthcare (39%)
  • Raw Materials (38%)
  • Finance (38%)
  • Energy (37%)
  • Food Trade & FMCG (37%)
  • Engineering & Construction (37%)
  • Services (37%)

The ideal retirement age for Canadians is 58, but according to the study, Canadians predict they will have to work until 63. When looking at factors that will help Canadians working past their ideal retirement age, having a more relaxed schedule (47%) ranked first, followed by:

  • Less working hours (41%)
  • Friendlier working atmosphere (37%)
  • Possibility to adapt working hours (36%)
  • Reduced physical effort and/or stress (31%)
  • Possibility to do different jobs (24%)
  • More learning & development opportunities (20%)
  • A coaching role for younger colleagues (17%)
  • More regular working hours (17%)
  • More autonomy in the work you do (13%)
  • Fewer responsibilities at work (13%)

Both younger Canadians (under 40) and older Canadians (40-plus) rate competitive salary and employee benefits as the number one factors when considering an employer. Younger Canadians are more likely to consider positions that offer career progression (7% more than older workers) while older workers place more value in companies that are financially healthy (9% more than younger workers).

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Originally published on Advisor.ca

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