Jobs: Money ‘not a motivator’ for dream job

A HUGE majority of people would take a big pay cut to nail down their dream job, a survey says.

Friday, 7th October 2011, 1:06 pm

The survey found employees did not rate salary a big motivator for their dream job and nearly 80 per cent of respondents would prefer to earn £20,000 a year for a job they love rather than £100,000 a year in a job they dislike.

The poll from, asked 5,000 job seekers about their career aspirations, revealed that over 78 per would take a pay cut for their dream job rating job satisfaction above financial rewards.

The number of men willing to work in a job they hate was a lot higher than women, with 30 per cent of men happy to earn £100,000 in a job they hate compared to only 13 per cent of women.

Tony Wilmot, founder of said “Despite the current economic climate it’s reassuring that employees place job satisfaction above financial reward. Workers that are happy in their jobs perform better and are more motivated than those who are unhappy. However, it’s not that shocking more men would stay in a job they disliked, especially given the cost of childcare, rising living costs and pressure to be the traditional male breadwinner”.