Financial services workers value an interesting job over money

Julian Harris
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MORE than half of financial sector workers are less concerned with money than they are with having an interesting job, according to a survey.

The report from recruitment firm Robert Walters said that 52 per cent of financial services professionals prioritised “the interestingness of their day-to-day work” to their job satisfaction.

Yet many staff still value their remuneration and benefits as very important to job satisfaction.

Among projects professionals in financial services, 57 per cent cited money as a key factor, while 53 per cent of lawyers agreed.

“These figures compare with an overall UK-wide figure of 42 per cent [citing money as very important],” the report said.

Yet the results show that employers cannot just motivate staff by throwing cash their way, says Peter Milne, director of financial services recruitment at Robert Walters.

“It’s clear from these results that financial services professionals look first and foremost for an interesting role – rather than a good remuneration package – when thinking about their overall job satisfaction,” Milne said. “Employers need to provide challenging positions that allow staff to make a genuine difference to the broader business.”