Pensions win out over fame: Survey

Government job first choice for 34 per cent of Canadians

If given the chance to switch jobs, Canadians prefer the security of a good pension over the lure of stardom, according to a new survey.

The Competition for Canadian Talent, a survey of 2,052 Canadians by RBC, found 34 per cent of respondents would choose a government job. Coming in second, at 27 per cent, was a job in the entertainment industry.

At the bottom of the most-desirable-jobs list are employment opportunities in the accounting (nine per cent) and financial services (11 per cent).

The survey also found that while 52 per cent of working Canadians say they have a strong sense of loyalty to their employers, only 28 per cent would stay with their current employer if offered a comparable job with higher pay elsewhere.

More than two-thirds of respondents (69 per cent) said higher pay is the top benefit an employer can offer to a potential or current employee, followed by better benefit coverage (35 per cent) and a cash bonus or profit sharing incentives (34 per cent). Opportunity for advancement came in at 23 per cent and work-life balance at 20 per cent.

“It is not enough to just offer someone a job. Employers need to look a,t and annually review, their total employment package which should include salary, benefits, learning and development options as well as an engaging work environment,” said Christianne Paris, vice-president of recruitment and learning RBC.

“In order to recruit or keep top talent, employers need to meet the needs of both prospective and current employees.”

The survey found nearly half of Canadians expect to change jobs five times in their career and almost one-third of Canadians keep their resume up-to-date just in case opportunity knocks. Of those surveyed, more than 30 per cent have applied for a new job in the past year.

“Employers must recognize that people need to feel challenged and successful in their jobs otherwise they will seek it elsewhere, either by watching for new and exciting opportunities within their own company or outside of it, or breaking away completely and choosing a different career path altogether,” said Paris.

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