Science and technological innovation is central to Australia’s future economic prosperity, so what is shaping the employment choices of candidates in this industry?
Career development opportunities is the number one driver of attraction for candidates (15.4%). Prospects for promotion are considered a ‘must have’ for 46% compared to 37% in the total sample group, therefore it is important for employers to talk clearly about career paths and opportunities in their organisation or how a role represents a candidate’s next career step. Companies that provide sponsorship for employees to undertake further study will also be viewed favourably as this demonstrates how candidates can progress in their career and achieve promotions.
The younger demographic in this industry may also account for the strong focus on career development opportunities. Almost half (49%) of candidates in this industry are aged 25 to 34 years, the overwhelming majority (75%) are living in households without children and almost all (99%) have tertiary qualifications.
“Candidates in this industry are analytical thinkers who look beyond the façade of a company – they want to know the complete package. Employers who can promote a strong reputation and responsible business practices will be in a very good position to attract the best talent.” - Maree Herath, Director, Harvest Recruitment
Salary and compensation is the second greatest motivator for candidates in this industry (13.9%). While base salary is important, additional benefits, such as subsidised or supplied food via facilities like company canteens, are highly valued. The younger demographic and relatively equal mix of genders may also help explain why parental leave appears to be more important to candidates in this industry – one in three (36%) view it as a ‘must have’ compared to one in four (23%) of the total group.
Work-life balance is third on the list (13.2%) when it comes to making employment choices. Candidates in science and technology may value long-term contract roles of at least 12 months as a means of achieving greater work-life balance and may also value easy access to a workplace where car parking is available.
Candidates in the science and technology industry are a diverse group in terms of gender and cultural background. Almost half (43%) were born outside Australia and therefore are more likely to speak a second language than candidates in the total sample group (45% compared to 30%). They are also more likely to say that support for diversity is a ‘must have’ (44% compared to 35% of the total sample group), so employers may be wise to communicate an inclusive workplace culture.
Candidates in this industry are significantly more likely than those in the total group to view elements of company reputation and corporate social responsibility as a ‘must have’. For example, an employer that values and protects the environment is a ‘must have’ for 38% of candidates in this industry versus 27% of the total group.
About this research: The data points referred to on this page are drawn from the SEEK Laws of Attraction survey. For more information about the SEEK Laws of Attraction survey and the terms and conditions governing the use of this data, click here.