A majority of job seekers want a paycheck even if that means not getting health insurance at the workplace, according to a new survey from online career placement firm Beyond.com
"What we found was that the issues of health-care insurance and the recent government shutdown have become a distraction and have overshadowed the main focus for job seekers," said Joe Weinlick, vice president of marketing for Beyond.com. "And that focus is to get a job and a salary."
The survey polled 5,000 people who are looking for employment on Beyond.com. About a third have jobs but are actively looking for another, Weinlick said.
Sixty-one percent said their top priority when it comes to a job is salary, not health care. Thirty-one percent of those choosing salary over health care said they currently don't have health insurance, and 50 percent said they haven't had health-care insurance for more than a year.
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Eighty-nine percent of all those polled said they'd go to great lengths to find a job, including working long hours and/or weekends.