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Trading Up: Workers Have High Hopes for New Jobs

Trading Up: Workers Have High Hopes for New Jobs
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As the job market heats up and top employees become more in demand, there are some benefits they're not willing to forgo.

Compensation, health care, vacation time, workspace and dress codes are all areas in which today's job seekers aren't willing to make sacrifices, according to a new study from the job search site Monster.

Overall, 70 percent of employees are actively looking for a new job, and among those, just 20 percent would accept a salary that's less than what they currently make or were previously making. In addition, only 19 percent would be willing to sign on for a job that didn't offer a salary bonus.

When it comes to benefits, just 13 percent of those surveyed would compromise on health care offerings, with only 14 percent willing to sacrifice academic reimbursements.

The research also showed that today's job seekers are very concerned with how much time they actually have to spend working. Less than one-quarter of those surveyed would accept a job that asked them to work longer hours than they previously have, while only 16 percent would take a position that offered them reduced vacation or personal time. [8 Amazing Job Benefits That Keep Employees Happy]

Additionally, just 26 percent of the employees surveyed would consider a new job that would have them working in a smaller office or workspace than they were used to.

"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 in a statement. "Employers need to be aware of these unsettled employees, understand their expectations and incent accordingly."

The majority of employees also have strong feelings about what they should be able to wear each day and how long it will take them to get to and from work. The study found that only 30 percent of workers would want a job that required a strict dress code, with just 28 percent willing to accept a position that forced them to undertake a longer commute.

While many workers in recent years took on temporary positions to keep their career moving forward, that willingness appears to be waning as the job market heats up. Today, only 33 percent of those surveyed would be willing to take on temporary or contract roles.

The study was based on surveys of nearly 1,100 job seekers who are currently employed or desire employment in the next 12 months.

Originally published on Business News Daily

Chad  Brooks
Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.