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Money can't buy our love, says UK workforce

More than three in four UK workers (76%) say that when looking for a new job, the most appealing feature is a competitive salary, but less than a third (32%) are motivated by money to perform well in their job, research published by the National Training Awards revealed today.
The research conducted with YouGov, reveals that the biggest performance motivator, among nearly half (43%) of UK employees, is simply having a passion for their job or organisation where they work. Seventy percent of workers also say that an employer's commitment to staff training and learning is important in helping them feel valued and 69% say it is important in making them want to work hard.
Other key performance motivators among UK workers are personal recognition and praise from management (28%) and an open and relaxed management style (27%).
The National Training Awards survey also revealed that:

  • Only two out of five (39%) UK workers say that a competitive salary makes them feel valued by their employer.
  • Half (50%) of all UK workers feel that job-related skills and knowledge development training have been most beneficial in helping them perform well in their job. Whereas less than one-in-five (19%) that valued higher education as most beneficial.
  • 52% of workers would feel more employable in difficult economic times by learning new skills or getting extra training.
  • 22% of workers think that training and development programmes in their job have worsened as a result of the economic downturn. 10% think they have improved and 58% think they have stayed the same.
  • 83% think their training and skills development are important to their long-term career prospects.
  • 77% of workers think learning training and development are considered by their employer as an important part of business improvement.
  • 50% of workers agree that their employer is committed to developing their skills. 22% disagree.
  • 68% of workers think their training and skills development are important to the UK economy as a whole.
  • 60% of workers have had access to general on-the-job training
  • 50% of workers received little or no performance feedback after recently completing training from an employer.  47% did receive feedback.

Run on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) by UK Skills, the National Training Awards celebrate organisations and individuals that can demonstrate outstanding business and personal success through an investment in training.

The National Training Awards' seven categories are open to individuals and businesses of all sizes across all industries throughout the UK. 

Simon Bartley, CEO, National Training Awards and UK Skills, comments: “The results of our survey really do justify the old adage 'money makes the world go round' – certainly in the jobs market at the very least. But it is fascinating how, on closer inspection, the more important values and motivations of the UK workforce come to light. Particularly, organisational aspects such as management styles and the provision of training and development opportunities can be even more important in keeping a workforce motivated, productive and happy.

“Past winners of the National Training Awards stand testament to the fact there are plenty of businesses and organisations across the UK already achieving success through investing in these areas. But anyone who feels they deserve recognition can still enter this year's awards up until the closing date on Friday 23rd April.”

For more information or to enter the Awards please visit www.nationaltrainingawards.com , or email info@nationaltrainingawards.com

The closing date for this year's National Training Awards is Friday 23rd April 2010.   


Notes to editors
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 2229 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 1st - 3rd March 2010.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

Case studies are available on request for National Training Awards 2009 winners.
Contact Tom York at UK Skills for details and/or further information:

Email: tom.york@ukskills.org.uk
Tel: 020 7429 2828

About The National Training Awards

  • The National Training Awards (NTA) identify and celebrate organisations and individuals that have achieved really outstanding business and personal success through investment in training.
  • Run on annual basis, The National Training Awards are free to enter and open in January.  Entries close in April.
  • The National Training Awards includes the following categories:  Large Employer (250 +), Medium Employer (50-249), Small Employer (49 and under), Training Provider, Partnership and Collaboration and Individual.
  • The 'Now is the Time' category was launched in 2009 to encourage employers who have invested in training during the recession, to share their experiences and get public recognition to their commitment to training and re-skilling. 
  • The National Training Awards are organised on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) by UK Skills.  The National Training Awards support the training delivered by organisations working on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • The National Training Awards support the Skills Pledge.
  • For more information visit www.nationaltrainingawards.com         


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Company literature
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