It’s Not All About Wages: What Workers Want In a Job

Enough money to cover the bills and help them get ahead. Fair treatment. Job security. Time to care for their families and themselves. These are things U.S. workers and job seekers without a four-year degree said they want in a job.

The topic of what makes a quality job emerged organically during listening sessions as part of the Worker Voices Project. Led by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Philadelphia, Worker Voices looked beyond the numbers to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on how workers without a four-year degree perceive and navigate employment.

Worker Voices Special Brief: Perspectives on Job Quality takes a deep dive into a major theme that emerged during focus groups with 167 U.S. non-college workers and job seekers across the country — what workers want and expect from a job.

Read the report to learn more.