The survey by CareerBuilder.com also found that employers are ready to meet these pay demands, with nearly half of them saying they planned to raise initial salary offers this year.
The survey also found that three-fourths of workers said they will pay more attention to health benefits offered by employers this year than in the past.
An equal number of respondents said the availability of career advancement opportunities is the most important factor in scouting for a new job (23%) as those that ranked finding a job at company that has stability and longevity in the market. Those two factors were followed by a good work culture, 20%, and the ability of an employer to offer flexible schedules, 11%.
Other survey findings include:
- 33% of workers are dissatisfied with their pay.
- 35% of workers are dissatisfied with career advancement opportunities provided by their current employers.
- 85% did not receive a promotion in 2006 and 26% felt they were overlooked.
- 27% of workers are dissatisfied with work/life balance.
- 45% report their workloads have increased over the last six months.
- 33% of workers are dissatisfied with training and on-the-job learning opportunities provided by their current employers.
- 68% of workers are satisfied with their jobs.
The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive and included responses from 6,169 workers and 2,627 hiring managers.