Optimizing The Employer Value Proposition : A Study on Value Perceptions Amongst Passive Job-Seekers Within the Engineering Industry

Detta är en Master-uppsats från Linnéuniversitetet/Institutionen för marknadsföring (MF); Linnéuniversitetet/Institutionen för marknadsföring (MF)

Sammanfattning: Purpose: The purpose of this explanatory study is to extend the knowledge of how to develop an employer value proposition that conveys an attractive employer brand. Literature Review: Literature reviewed for this study includes the concepts of employer brand, employee value proposition, and different aspects of work attributes (i.e. interest value, social value, economic value, development value, and application value) that together form perceived employer attractiveness. Further literature that is reviewed includes the concepts of attitudes and the hierarchy of effects. Methodology: A mixed-method approach with a deductive logic of inquiry was adopted for this explanatory study, for which primary data of both quantitative and qualitative nature were collected from engineers, through the conduction of web-based self-completion questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. Findings: The study found that the involvement and motivation level behind the hierarchy of effects had a significant impact on the perceived value of one of the categories of the work attributes reflecting the employer's attractiveness, whilst the perceived value of the other work attributes included in the study were not expected to increase or decrease in combination with the intensity towards job search activities. It was also found that the attitudes towards the behavior of applying for a job, measured through the involvement and motivation level towards job search activities, were shifting within the target group, hence influencing their perceived employer attractiveness. Further on, the study showed a consistent high perceived value of all work attributes that were studied, in terms of what work attributes to include in the employer value proposition. Meanwhile, a multidimensional nature of the perceptions on employer attractiveness was also acknowledged, which hence could be crucial in developing an employer value proposition that stands out on the employer market.

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