Workers in the UK are more inclined to feel happy in their place of employment if they enjoy their job, rather than if it pays well.
New research by recruitment specialists Brooke Street found that 37 per cent of the UK workforce is motivated by job satisfaction, while just 28 per cent are driven by the prospect of financial reward.
Moreover, the study also revealed that just 12 per cent of people consider praise from their manager as their main source of motivation and just seven per cent of people said they are encouraged by having responsibility.
Erika Bannerman, sales and marketing director for the firm, commented: "The research is important in today's business climate, demonstrating that motivating people at work is about much more than a good salary.
"People need to feel satisfied in their job and having a challenge has also shown to be a key motivator. With so many people motivated by job satisfaction it suggests that employers should look at attracting employees by other methods than just financial rewards."