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
About Lucie Mitchell
Lucie trained as a journalist in 2003 and began her career in journalism as a Reporter for SecEd magazine, a weekly publication for secondary school teachers, before moving on to become Deputy Features Editor for GP magazine, where she wrote, commissioned and edited numerous features for the business section of the magazine. She has also written articles for The Guardian, EYE magazine and MedEconomics magazine. Lucie joined Sift Media as Features Editor in February 2007 and served as Editor of HRZone.co.uk from 2007 to 2009. She has since worked on a number of other Sift Media titles, including PublicTechnology.com and BusinessZone.co.uk, and now works as a freelance journalist.