Affordable Benefits More Attractive than Salary

January 6, 2011 ( - Workers are becoming more optimistic about their job prospects in the New Year, according to a CareerBuilder survey.

Only 15% of full-time, employed workers are actively seeking a new job, but two-thirds (67%) reported that, although they are not actively looking, they would change jobs in 2011 for the right opportunity. And it’s not necessarily a bigger paycheck that would woo them; 68% reported that affordable benefits are more important to them than salary.  

While making ends meet continues to be a challenge for many U.S. households, fewer workers are reporting the need to work more than one job. Twelve percent plan to take on second jobs in 2011, compared to 19% last year.  

Of workers who were laid off in the last 12 months and found new jobs, 23% relocated to a new city or state.  Looking to the New Year, 33% of employers stated they would be willing to pick up the moving tab for select candidates.   

The survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder among 2,482 U.S. hiring managers and 3,910 U.S. workers (employed full-time; not self-employed; non-government) ages 18 and over between November 15 and December 2, 2010.