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Work wishlist: Top priority for Aussie job hunters

As more Aussies look at switching jobs, there’s one big factor they are looking for.

People walking Sydney city and Australian money notes
As the great resignation continues, the majority of Aussies say this is what they want at work. (Source: Getty)

Salary is the most important focus for Aussie job seekers, as cost-of-living pressures continue to bite.

New workplace data from NAB found seven out of 10 workers considered money a high priority when finding a job.

Stability, flexible hours and purposeful work were also a priority for many Aussie workers, with around one in two calling them factors of high importance.

NAB group executive of people and culture Susan Ferrier said bosses needed to be aware of the new challenges facing their workers.

“As we see the pressures of inflation hitting many Australians, I think employee well-being will need a very sharp focus. This is a workforce that has just lived through the many challenges of the pandemic,” Ferrier said.

“Understandably, salary is a big factor right now, but we also know through this research - and a survey of 13,000 NAB employees - flexibility is high on the list. Australians are far more thoughtful about work-life balance since the pandemic and it plays a key role in their job satisfaction.”

NAB found almost one in 10 (8 per cent) workers had changed jobs in the past quarter, and one in three over the past two years.

More Aussies were considering switching jobs, with almost a quarter (24 per cent) intending to quit their current gig. The most common industries for job changes were utilities, followed by manufacturing and agribusiness, hospitality and government.

Despite the flurry of activity, NAB found only half of those who switched jobs in the past year received a pay rise.

Men were more likely to ask for a pay rise, with 36 per cent gearing up to ask in the next 12 months, compared to 25 per cent of women. On average, workers expected to receive a $147-per-week pay bump, or $7,650 per year.

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