British job seekers are more interested in technology at their future employers than ever before.
A total of 37 per cent of Brits would decline a job if the hardware on offer was not up to scratch, according to a survey by online retailer LaptopsDirect.co.uk. More than half of the 2,000 Brits surveyed (53 per cent) said that the standard of technology is a ‘key consideration’ for accepting a new job role.
Meanwhile 74 per cent believe that technology makes them more productive at work, with tech more valued than other office perks such as flexible working, office environment and staff discounts.
Mark Kelly, marketing manager at LaptopsDirect.co.uk, said: “It’s no surprise that the latest technology is important for many of us when considering a new role. It appears that some employers may be focusing too much on other perks such as office design or providing staff discounts and are missing the basics.
“While these perks may still be important for attracting new talent, access to the latest technology enables employees to be more productive, and so has a better impact on the overall business. Also, everyone will have worked with slower, old technology at some point in their careers and experienced frustration."
Kelly continued: “Therefore, finding a balance of office perks is key to recruiting the best candidates and can also ensure that employees feel valued and happy in their jobs.”
The Top 10 Sectors Who Value Technology For A New Role:
Marketing – 84 per cent
Creative and Photographic – 81 per cent
Information and communications – 78 per cent
Professional service (law, accountancy) – 73 per cent
Education – 71 per cent
Healthcare – 59 per cent
Trades (construction, plumbing) – 47 per cent
Manufacturing – 43 per cent
Retail – 35 per cent
Transportation – 33 per cent