Despite economic uncertainty, candidates are continuing to battle for the best career opportunities, with many conducting their job search with a strict set of priorities in mind, according to new research.

Job site CV-Library found that 82% of workers would be willing to take a pay cut if it meant landing their dream job.

The survey asked 2,000 workers to share their career priorities and sacrifices they would be prepared to make in order to secure their ideal job. A clear route for career progression came in at the top of the list, with a staggering 73.3% advising that development and progression was important when considering a new job.

Nearly 55% said they would be influenced by workplace perks and benefits, while just over half (52%) said the job title itself would be a important factor.

Just under a third (32%) said they would be more likely to accept a role if the word 'manager' was in the title. But 54% said they would not relocate for a job.

The survey also identified other key aspects that candidates consider when navigating the recruitment process, with 24.4% advising that enjoying the job role itself was essential. Other factors included:
  • The salary – 22.3%
  • The location – 10.7%
  • The team a candidate would work with – 10%
  • Daily responsibilities within the role – 9.9%
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “In today’s economic climate, it’s important that businesses understand what candidates want from the world of work. Our research indicates just how seriously candidates take their job hunt, and helps employers identify key priorities so that they can pull out all the stops to accommodate new recruits and attract the very best talent.

“By offering fair salaries, including exciting workplace benefits, and ensuring the business and its values are reflected through a strong employer brand, companies across the UK should find themselves attracting the right calibre of applicants. Despite being in times of economic uncertainty, job hunters are as active as ever, giving businesses a healthy mix of potential new recruits that are looking to take the next step in their careers.”