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Brits Reveal Job Satisfaction is Far More Important than Salary


Twice as many professionals believe that enjoying their jobs (83.6%) is a better measure of career success, than having a high salary (42.4%). Despite this, over one in four (28.4%) believe that their career success is defined by how others see their achievements. That’s according to the latest research from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board.

The survey asked professionals how they felt about their career and whether they thought they were on the road to success. While 79% said that career success is important to them, the majority (64.1%) of UK workers felt that they hadn’t achieved career success yet.

Workers were asked to share how they measure career success, the top five responses include:

  • Enjoying what you do – 83.6%
  • Being proud of what you’ve achieved – 73.8%
  • Doing a job that makes a real difference to people’s lives – 57.1%
  • Working for a company you love – 54.2%
  • Earning a high salary – 42.4%

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments on the findings:

“It’s positive to see that workers rate job satisfaction as the top measure of career success. This suggests that they’re putting their happiness first. It’s also evident that the company they work for plays a big role in how they view their success. As an employer, this proves that you need to prioritise employee engagement in your workplace.

“That said, it’s concerning to learn that one in four professionals define their career success by how others view them, not themselves. Employers need to promote a culture where all achievements are celebrated, helping workers feel proud of their individual successes.”

Professionals were also asked at what age they believe you should have achieved career success. A quarter (23.6%) believe that you should have achieved career success by the age of 40.

However, 46.2% of under 18s and 37% of 18-24 year olds said that you should have achieved career success by the time you’re 25. That’s compared to just 2.6% and 5.6% of those aged under 24 choosing the age of 40, respectively.

Biggins continues:

“When starting out in their careers, it’s evident that younger professionals are keen to find success early on. As their biggest measure of success is enjoying what they do, this is more achievable than hoping to have a through the roof salary at such as young age.

“It’s great to see that the next generation are ambitious and have high hopes for their careers. Employers need to ensure that the opportunities are there for workers to have career development; offering internal promotions, salary reviews and regular catch-ups with their teams.”


CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites, with the UK’s biggest database of over 12m CVs. The company was founded in 2000 as a response to Lee’s identification of a market niche. As a young carpet fitter at the time struggling to find work, Lee saw a need for an easy-to-use job board benefiting both job hunters and recruiters. With a £9k loan and help from a web developer, the CV-Library website was built. Lee’s raw passion and hands-on marketing strategies lifted the business off the ground and it is this that continues to push his company to new heights.

The business is now one of the fastest growing websites in the country. The team is expanding rapidly, now employing over 200 staff. It has also launched sister website, Resume Library, in the US, where the company is set to expand and take the brand global over the coming years. Lee puts the reason for his success down to working incredibly hard, loving what he does and a strong desire to make the business the best it can be.

Lee has received over 50 awards and accolades to date and was last year recognised as Entrepreneur of the Year. In April 2015 CV-Library was also ranked as number 49 in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100.


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