NEW STUDY: Better Salary and Benefits Trump Working From Home As Top Priorities for Job Seekers

Slow response times from recruiters voiced as top reason candidates lose interest in job opportunities

SAN FRANCISCO--()--Sense, the market leader in AI-driven talent engagement and communication solutions for enterprise recruiting, today released the findings of a new study that reveals the motivations and application experiences of today’s active job seekers.

The commissioned study, “An Inside Look: What Today’s Candidates Really Want,” polled over 1,000 U.S. based candidates who have applied for a job within the past six months and indicates the focus is shifting away from work from home benefits with 57% of candidates citing better salary/benefits as the top non-negotiable when considering a new job.

Additional key findings of the survey include:

  • The overwhelming majority of candidates (76%) are looking to change careers/industries.
  • When asked what the top two non-negotiables are when considering a new job, salary/benefits (57%) and career advancement/upskilling opportunities (32%) were ranked highest followed by work from home opportunities (29%), stronger leadership (18%) and DEI programs (16%).
  • Faster response time from recruiters was ranked as the top way for companies to improve the candidate experience, cited by 80% of respondents.
  • Slow response time from recruiters is the top reason candidates quit applying for a job. Only 19% of candidates report hearing back from recruiters within 24 hours of applying to a job.
  • 27% of candidates said the job search/application process has become more complicated.

“The report findings indicate candidates have shifted their priorities from the post-Covid, work from home movement, to a renewed focus on better pay and benefits in order to keep pace with today’s rising costs” explained Anil Dharni, Sense CEO and Co-Founder. “In addition to competitive wages, it’s clear that recruiting speed and response times are critical to employers looking to gain an advantage in today’s volatile market and stay ahead by hiring the best talent, quickly. Those companies who are armed with the right technology to instantly engage with candidates and offer a great experience will find themselves ahead of the curve in today’s market.”

The survey also found differences between genders when it comes to looking for new job opportunities:

  • 60% of respondents who identify as female said better salary/benefits was a non-negotiable for their next role versus 52% of males saying the same.
  • 33% of respondents who identify as female said work-from-home opportunities are non-negotiable for their next role versus 25% of males saying the same (respondents who identify as male were more likely to say strong leadership is non-negotiable than those who identify as female).
  • Respondents who identify as male were more likely to have removed themselves from consideration due to too many interviews – 20% mentioned this versus 14% of those who identify as female saying the same.

Survey Methodology

An online survey was conducted by Atomik Research among 1,001 respondents from the USA, all of whom were looking for new work opportunities and had applied for a new job in the past 6 months.

About Sense

Sense delivers a leading AI-powered talent engagement platform that helps recruiting and talent teams personalize their interactions with talent at every stage of the recruiting process. More than 800 organizations including Amazon, Coca Cola, Dell, Kelly Services, Kindred Healthcare, and Sony rely on Sense to accelerate hiring, strengthen their employment brand and exceed recruiting targets - all while delivering a personalized candidate experience. For more information, visit


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Jenny Olson, mPR, Inc. for Sense