Brits prefer new skills over pay rise or promotion this year
New research from CV-Library reveals that nearly half of Brits (44.6%) say learning new skills is their main career priority right now, beating both a pay rise and a promotion.
The findings, which surveyed 2,000 UK professionals, found that four in 10 workers also want to move companies, gain a new qualification and get a new job title in the next 12 months. The full list of career priorities includes:
Learn new skills (44.6%)
Get a pay rise (43.5%)
Move to another company (40.1%)
Gain a new qualification (24.3%)
Get a new job title (22.7%)
Change job roles (19.7%)
Get a promotion (17.2%)
Change industries (13.1%)
Work for themselves (12.4%)
Build a personal network (8.9%)
What’s more, only 28.4% of Brits believe they can meet these career priorities with their current employer, as nearly two-thirds (64.1%) say they employer isn’t responsive to their needs. As a result, a staggering 83.2% of Brits plan on changing jobs in order to achieve their dreams.
The survey also asked respondents what their top career goals are for the next three and five years, with the trend of getting a pay rise (44.5% in three years and 43.3% in five) and learning new skills (36.3% in the next three years and 34.1% in five) remaining a top priority.
Steve Ricketts, Circle Managing Director, commented: "Career advancement is not just about a pay rise and new job title. This is particularly so in the IT sector, where unlike other sectors, job moves every few years are not really frowned upon. Indeed, in many cases, it can be viewed as necessary to move job in order to 'future-proof' a candidate's skillset and earning potential".