This may not be news for you, but according to a new survey of British workers, job seekers are now putting technology high on their must-have lists when looking for a new job. The research found that 1 in 3 stated that they would decline a job offer based on poor technology offerings alone.
The survey asked over 2,000 Brits to which half said the standard of technology is a key consideration when accepting a new job. Conducted by gadgets and technology e-tailer, LaptopsDirect.co.uk, the results found that 74% of workers believe technology makes them more productive at work. It does help when you have a computer that responds when you click the mouse. We have all been victim to poor technology and have felt the urge to throw such items out of the nearest window when they are under performing. Having the latest technology was valued more than other office perks, such as flexible working (45%), the working environment/decor (39%) and staff discounts (33%).
Mark Kelly, marketing manager at LaptopsDirect.co.uk, said “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.
“Whilst these perks may still be important for attracting new talent, access to the latest technology enables employees to be more productive, and so has a better impact on the overall business. Also, everyone will have worked with slower, old technology at some point in their careers and experienced frustration. Therefore, 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.”
The Top 10 Sectors Who Value Technology For A New Role:
- Marketing – 84%
- Creative and Photographic – 81%
- Information and communications – 78%
- Professional service (law, accountancy) – 73%
- Education – 71%
- Healthcare – 59%
- Trades (construction, plumbing) – 47%
- Manufacturing – 43%
- Retail – 35%
- Transportation – 33%
Workers in marketing valued technology the highest, with 84% of the votes, followed by those in creative and photographic (81%), information and communications (78%), professional services (73%) and education (71%). With this is mind, employers need to consider what they are offering their staff along side holiday allowance and flexible working. By providing a high performing lap top could result in work being done outside of office hours and on site at events, but does this bode well for employees doing so? That opens a whole new door…