Hales Group surveyed commercial and industrial candidates for their latest Market Insights Report

Regional recruitment company Hales Group has recently surveyed their industrial and commercial job candidates to gain a real insight into the job market through the eyes of candidates.

Some of the key insights from the Commercial Report:

  • Just 4% of commercial candidates surveyed claimed that remote working was extremely important to them in their next role.
  • 28% claimed that job security was the most important thing to them in their next role.
  • When asked what they would prefer if they were offered an enhanced benefits package 69% would favour increased holiday entitlement.
  • 17% of those looking for a new role were doing so because they had been made redundant.

As for the Industrial Report, these are the key findings:

  • 38% of respondents claimed that salary and benefits were the most important thing to them in their next role.
  • 32% of those looking for a new role were currently employed but seeking a new role.
  • When asked what they would prefer if they were offered an enhanced benefits package 32% opted for ongoing training and development.

“We were very surprised that remote working was important to only 4% of commercial candidates surveyed,” said Hales Group Managing Director Kirsty Walpole, shortly after the reports were released.

“We would have expected this to be higher, but we think that more candidates are open to a return to ‘normal’ working practices, now restrictions have been eased and equally they could be missing the comradery of team environments.”

“Security and career progression topped the poll for commercial candidates whilst salary and benefits proved the most attractive factor to industrial candidates when considering their next role, Kirsty continues, “this matches the results from our candidate survey completed earlier this year, so candidate choices have remained consistent.”

“The last survey indicated that 73% of candidates were looking for a new role due to redundancy but now only 38% are seeking a new role for this reason, indicating that the economy is in recovery and jobs are increasing.”