Take the pulse of professionals worldwide when it comes to their current jobs and what would convince them to accept a new position. This in-depth Talent Trends report is based on responses from over 18,000 fully-employed professionals in 26 countries*.

In Talent Trends 2014, you will find:

  • Updated global breakdown of the percentage of active and passive candidates 
  • Worldwide job satisfaction levels among professionals 
  • Top motivators for passive and active candidates to accept a new job 
  • Candidate opinions on the importance of talent brand 
  • Most important things professionals do to stay on top of their career    

Here is a preview of a few of the fascinating questions professionals answered:

Jobseeker status
How would you describe your job search status?

In order to understand how approachable candidates are worldwide, we asked fully-employed professionals to describe their current jobseeking status. Approximately 25% of respondents claim to be actively looking for their next role. A whopping 45% are open to talking with a recruiter and another 15% are talking to their network. This means that a total of 85% of professionals are fair game for recruiters. Meanwhile, only 15% say they are not interested in a new job.

Professional job satisfaction
How satisfied are professionals with their jobs?

Interestingly, despite the big number of approachable candidates, professionals seem satisfied with what they do. The overwhelming majority, 72%, report being relatively content with their jobs and only 14% express outright dissatisfaction. While this paints a somewhat rosy picture for employers, note that 45% of survey respondents described their status as "somewhat satisfied," indicating room for improvement.

5 things candidates don't care about in a job

What are the least important factors in seeking or considering a new job?

In order to save you time and help you avoid pitching candidates with perks they don’t care about, we asked what is least important for them when picking a new job. Surprisingly, the least important factor almost universally was job title except in Brazil. Office location took the second place. It looks like a shorter commute or a nicer city to work in are not a top priority. Finally, it seems that candidates are not too concerned about a poor relationship with a manager or coworkers and placed this third on their list of "least wanted."

To find out what would motivate candidates to accept a  new job offer and what they care about the most, download the complete report

What this all means for talent professionals:

  1. Don't be put off by passive candidates. "Not actively looking"doesn’t mean "not interested in a better career." If you don’t reach out, you’ll never know.
  2. Don't be complacent about your own employees. In today's dynamic global workforce, job satisfaction doesn’t mean a desire for stagnation. What are you doing to encourage your own people to learn, grow and stay committed?
  3. Uncover what motivates your candidate. Our generalizations provide some guidance, but every professional is different. Listen and watch for cues on their profile and in conversations. If you do, maybe your job will be the one they end up loving. 

Download the Talent Trends 2014 report to find the answers to many more questions on the minds of professionals. 

* The full list of surveyed countries is: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK, United Arab Emirates, United States