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Brits reveal what their ideal job would look like

Lee Biggins

From flexi-time and paid sick leave, to smart casual dress and a company based in London. If you could piece together your ideal job, what would it look like? Contributor Lee Biggins, founder CEO – CV-Library.

According to a new study from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, Brits are after a flexible London-based education job, in a company with less than 250 people, which pays £25,500 per year!

The survey of over 1,200 UK professionals, which sought to find out exactly what the average person wants when it comes to pay, benefits, working patterns and more, reveals that Brits are after the following from their job: Nearly four in 10 (39.8 percent) think a salary of £25,500 is reasonable, while 27.5 percent want a higher pay of £35,500 per year

The majority (53.6 percent) would prefer to work flexi-time, choosing their eight hours between 06:00 and 18:00 – only 25.1 percent want to stick with the traditional 9-5

A further 38.7 percent would be happy with 25 days holiday, while 36.7 percent would want to stretch to 30 days

What’s more, 40.4 percent would prefer to work for a business with less than 250 employees, compared to 7.4 percent who wanted to work for a start-up and 19.7 percent for a large corporate company

And two-thirds (66.4 percent) want to work somewhere that has a smart/casual dress code

When asked to share the top three workplace perks or benefits they’d like to receive, 60 percent said paid sick leave, 56.6 percent said the ability to work from home and 41.1 percent said health insurance. In addition, 26.4 percent wanted staff discounts, 23.2 percent a company car and 19.6 percent income protection. When asked what pension contribution they’d like their employer to pay, 28.5 percent said 10 percent and 26.9 percent said 5 percent.

London was voted the location professionals would most like to work in, with 27.2 percent of Brits stating that their ideal job would be based in the capital. This was followed by Brighton (7.9 percent) and Bournemouth (7.3 percent). When asked what industry they would work in if they could choose any, education got the highest number of votes (18.9 percent), followed by charity (16.8 percent), engineering (15.6 percent) and IT (13.8 percent).

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library comments: “Everyone wants to get something different out of the workplace – whether it’s a good pay packet, or the ability to work more flexible hours. If you’re hiring right now, it’s always best to have a clear idea of what candidates want from their role, so you can make an offer they can’t refuse.” 

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