The study by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) found that eight in ten people would turn down a big salary increase if it meant working with people or an environment they didn’t like.
The study found that a third of workers had left a job despite being paid well, mainly because they didn’t deem it to be worth the added pressure. Over a quarter had said no to a promotion or better paid job opportunity because it would mean less time spent with their family.
The survey identified ten things British workers want in a job:
- The pay
- Making a difference
- The job itself
- Learning new things
- Being challenged
- The work environment
It also lists the ten reasons workers stick at their current jobs:
- I have a good relationship with my colleagues
- I enjoy the job role
- I have a good relationship with my boss
- I don’t have another job to go to
- The commute is manageable
- The pay
- I have a good relationship with my clients
- I feel I have the chance to develop my career
- I’m good at the job
- I am not under much stress
15 per cent of workers said they actively disliked their current job. When asked why, respondents were more likely to say ‘the work was dull’ or ‘they were unappreciated’ than say it was because of low pay.
AAT chief Mark Farrar said: “The results show that, when it comes to working happiness, money is far from the driving factor for most of us.
“Of course, life dictates that we earn as much as we can to maintain or improve our circumstances, but most deemed working with good people or in a role they feel valued in as more important than the salary.
“Most of us will spend the biggest portion of our lives working and it’s important that any job we have enhances us both professionally and personally.”