What does the average Brits idea job look like?

From flexi-time and paid sick leave, to smart casual dress and health insurance

If you could piece together your ideal job, what would it look like? Well, according to a new study conducted by CV-Library, the average Brit wants 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 workers, 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:

  • 39.8% think a salary of £25,500 is reasonable, while 27.5% want a higher pay of £35,500 per year
  • 53.6%) would prefer to work flexi-time, choosing their eight hours between 06:00 and 18:00 – only 25.1% want to stick with the traditional 9-5
  • 38.7% would be happy with 25 days holiday, while 36.7% would want to stretch to 30 days
  • 40.4% would prefer to work for a business with less than 250 employees, compared to 7.4% who wanted to work for a start-up and 19.7% for a large corporate company
  • 66.4% 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% said paid sick leave, 56.6% said the ability to work from home and 41.1% said health insurance.

In addition, 26.4% wanted staff discounts, 23.2% a company car and 19.6% income protection.

When asked what pension contribution they’d like their employer to pay, 28.5% said 10% and 26.9% said 5%.

London was voted the location professionals would most like to work in, with 27.2% of Brits stating that their ideal job would be based in the capital. This was followed by Brighton (7.9%) and Bournemouth (7.3%).

When asked what industry they would work in if they could choose any, education got the highest number of votes (18.9%), followed by charity (16.8%), engineering (15.6%) and IT (13.8%).

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 searching for a job right now, it’s always best to have a clear idea of what you want from your role, so you’re able to find a position that’s right for you.

“But, while choosing a company that fits the bill and facilitates your needs is extremely important; don’t rule out any opportunities just because they don’t tick every single box. You wouldn’t want to miss out on a potentially great opportunity this January.”

Ashleigh Smith
Article by Ashleigh Smith
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