Applicants hate when job ads lack a salary range or potential for remote work, survey shows

More than 2 in 5 U.S. workers say they’d lose interest in a position if the job ad lacked a salary range in the job description, according to a June 26 report from Robert Half.

Other job search deal-breakers included a requirement to work on-site without a potential for remote work, a lack of emphasis on company culture and a prolonged interview process.

“In the era of the Big Stay, employers need to take into consideration what workers want and come to the table with competitive offers,” Dawn Fay, operational president of Robert Half, said in a statement.

“With skilled talent at a premium and workers feeling satisfied in their current role, employers can’t afford to make mistakes that could deter prospective candidates from applying to their open positions,” Fay said.

In a survey of more than 1,000 workers, 35% said they plan to look for a new job during the second half of 2024, which decreased from 49% who said the same during the third and fourth quarters of 2023.

Overall, 77% said they’re generally happy in their role and 85% said they have a good work-life balance. The top factors contributing to job satisfaction included a competitive salary with regular merit increases, a flexible work location and schedule, fair workloads and job expectations, a positive work culture and team dynamic, and a supportive manager.

Pay transparency has increased nationwide, even in states without new laws or mandates, according to a report from the National Women’s Law Center. Salary disclosure can level the playing field, “especially for women and people of color who are more likely to be shortchanged in pay negotiations,” the center’s chief program officer said.

Providing remote work opportunities may also help attract workers. Remote work holds appeal for women as a reason to seek a new job, according to an Indeed report. Across all age groups, employed women were more likely to cite a desire for remote work when starting a new job search, which may reduce “some of the hit to employment experienced by many mothers,” an Indeed researcher said.