Economy doesn't change perfect job ideals: study

Thu Oct 1, 2009 9:16am EDT
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By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - The recession has scarcely affected U.S. workers' definition of their ideal job, with most saying their concept of the perfect post would be the same if the economy improves, according to a new study.

U.S. workers cite good pay, health insurance and opportunity for advancement as their top priorities in their ideal jobs, according to the Randstad Work Watch study conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, to be released on Thursday.

Nearly two-thirds said in a perfect job, they would do the same work they are doing now, while one-fifth said they would choose a different job in the same field.

One in five U.S. workers said the ideal job would involve a completely different line of work.

The survey showed most workers "enjoy their jobs, regardless of the impact the economy has made on their jobs," Eric Buntin, managing director of operations for Randstad, said in a statement.

"It would be easy to peg the economy for a shift in the definition of the perfect job, but that doesn't seem to be the case," he said.

The survey showed 83 percent of workers would not alter their definition of a perfect job if the economy improves, and 17 percent would do so.

Asked what perks would be included in the perfect job, a whopping 81 percent said five weeks of vacation, 56 percent said free lunch and 40 percent said a lifetime gym membership.   Continued...

<p>Applicants line up at a booth offering vocational services at a career fair held as part of the National Urban League's Economic Empowerment Tour in Dallas, Texas June 13, 2009. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi</p>