Eight out of ten people would prefer to work in a happy environment and get on with colleagues than earn a high wage, according to a new report.
The study by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) found that the people, enjoying the role, getting on with the boss and a good commute are all more important than bringing home a large pay cheque.
In addition, a third of the 2,000 people polled had actually left a well-paid job because the pressure associated with it wasn’t worth the big salary, while 75% would hesitate about accepting a job that came with a high salary if it meant more stress.
Work-life balance is also important, with just over a quarter stating they had turned down a promotion or a higher-paid job as it would have meant less time spent with family.
"When it comes to working happiness, money is far from the driving factor for most of us,” said AAT chief executive Mark Farrar.
"Of course, life dictates that we earn as much as we can to maintain or improve our circumstances, but most deemed working with good people or in a role they feel valued in as more important than the salary.
"Most of us will spend the biggest portion of our lives working and it’s important that any job we have enhances us both professionally and personally.”
If people were unhappy in their job, respondents were more likely to say it was due to the dull nature of the work, or feeling unappreciated, than because of low pay.
What Brits want in a job
- My colleagues
- The pay
- Making a difference
- The job itself
- Learning new things
- Being challenged
- The work environment
Why Brits stay in their current job
- I have a good relationship with my colleagues
- I enjoy the job role
- I have a good relationship with my boss
- I don't have another job to go to
- The commute is manageable
- The pay
- I have a good relationship with my clients
- I feel I have the chance to develop my career
- I’m good at the job
- I am not under much stress