job seekers unwilling to compromiseMonster has revealed the results of a survey of nearly 1,100 registered U.S. Monster users around job search activity, job satisfaction and what is required to pursue or accept a new job opportunity. This is the second in a series of releases covering a range of the results from Monster’s Workforce Talent Survey (infographic), including current job seeker challenges, motivating factors driving them to a career change, their confidence in finding a job, and job outlook by several key occupations.

The majority of survey respondents, both employed and unemployed, are actively looking for a new job (70 percent), yet very few responded that they would be willing to make the following sacrifices in order to accept a new opportunity:

  • 13 percent would compromise on healthcare benefits and 14 percent on academic reimbursement.
  • 16 percent would accept reduced vacation or personal time.
  • 19 percent would accept reduced or no bonus and 20 percent would accept a lesser salary.
  • 24 percent would work more hours.
  • 26 percent would consider having a small office or desk space.
  • 28 percent would be willing to undertake a longer commute.
  • 30 percent would agree to a strict dress code.
  • 33 percent are willing to take on temporary or contract roles.

“With the economy and job market slowly improving, job seekers will be more likely to be searching for a job and less likely to make sacrifices,” Jeffrey Quinn, vice president of Monster’s Global Insights, said. “Employers need to be aware of these unsettled employees, understand their expectations, and incent accordingly.”

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