New research from e-recruitment platform, IrishJobs.ie, shows that company performance is a more attractive career attribute for young business professionals compared to senior professionals.
The research published in partnership with employer brand specialist Universum, reveals that company performance ranked nine places higher as an attractive career attribute for young business professionals (13) compared to senior professionals (22) – the biggest point of difference in the rankings.
In comparison, senior professionals in the business sector prove to be more attracted to leadership opportunities when considering a career prospect, positioning it nine places higher than younger professionals (6 VS 15).
Work-life balance and competitive base salaries ranked as two of the most important considerations for both cohorts, with these attributes ranking among the top two for both groups. Flexible working conditions is held in equally high regard by the two groups, ranking in fourth place for both.
According to the research, the biggest point of difference in attractive attributes for young and senior professionals in the IT industry, is professional development and challenging work. Within this sector, young professionals rank competitive salaries and training and development as their top two, while senior professionals included competitive salaries and flexible work conditions.
Commenting on the research, General Manager at IrishJobs.ie, Orla Moran said, "As we move through different stages of our careers, our career priorities evolve to reflect our changing personal circumstances, opportunities responsibilities and life experience. Our research in conjunction with our partner Universum clearly bears this out. Young professionals are drawn to working for dynamic organisations selling exciting and innovative products or services, and are less pre-occupied by their immediate salary, but instead are more motivated by potential future earnings and professional development."
She added, "Senior professionals, according to our research, are motivated by current salaries, a competitive benefits package, and opportunities for leadership. In order words, as they progress up the career ladder, they are understandably less focused by future opportunities and instead want to realise their full earning potential and leadership aspirations."