Location, location, location

2004

The secret to recruiting and retaining staff is having offices in the right location.

Location and staff friendliness were the two main factors in deciding whether to accept a job, according to a survey by - you guessed it - a UK property company, MDA.

Pay, holiday and pensions had a lower priority.

Location matters because that job seekers scrutinise local restaurants, snack bars and other amenities before deciding to take a job.

And unsurprisingly, they are more likely to want jobs based close to town centres.

The issue is so important that almost half said they would consider leaving if the company moved — even if the new location was within walking distance.