What Does The Average Brit’s Ideal Job Look Like?

In Business, Employee Benefits, Industry News by Paul Connolly

If you could pick and choose workplace benefits, job perks, even your salary, what would your ideal job look like? That’s one of the key questions a new survey conducted by CV-Library set out to answer.

As we informed you earlier this month, wellbeing products are becoming more popular among employees, with UK workers spending around £174 per month, on average, on things like insurance cover and day-to-day perks such as gym memberships.

But what constitutes a Brit’s ideal job?

Well, according to the findings of the CV-Library survey of 1,200 UK workers, the average British person wants a flexible London-based education job, in a company with less than 250 people, which pays £25,500 per year and comes with 25 days annual holiday.

Here’s what the survey found specifically:

  • Almost four in 10 (39.8%) said a salary of £25,500 is reasonable, while 27.5% want at least £35,500 per year.
  • Over half of respondents (53.6%) would prefer to have the option of flexible working and being able to choose their eight hours between 06:00 and 18:00 vs. only 25.1% who want to stick with the traditional 9-5.
  • A further 38.7% would be happy with 25 days holiday, while 36.7% indicated that they’d like 30 days.
  • 4% of employees would prefer to work for a company with less than 250 employees, compared to 19.7% who want to work for a large corporate company and 7.4% who want to work for a start-up.
  • Two-thirds (66.4%) want to work somewhere that has a smart/casual dress code.

When asked what they considered the top three workplace perks or benefits to be, 60% of survey respondents said paid sick leave, 56.6% said to be able to work from home and 41.1% said health insurance.

In addition, 26.4% wanted staff discounts, 23.2% want a company car and 19.6% want income protection. Interestingly, when asked what pension contribution they would like their employer to make, 28.5% said 10% and 26.9% said 5%.

In terms of the most desirable workplace locations, London was where most professionals would most like to work, with 27.2% of Brits saying their ideal job would be based in the capital. Brighton and Bournemouth came in second and third respectively (7.9% and 7.3%).

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

Speaking about the findings of the research, Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, said: “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.”

If you’re an employee, what does your ideal job look like? Have you even considered it?

If you’re an employer, do you know what your employees want?

I joined Premier Choice Group as a Healthcare & Protection Consultant in 2017, where I now look after the needs of over 200 clients nationwide. Prior to joining the Premier Choice Group, I worked for a large Private Healthcare Insurer, VitalityHealth, and managed SME and Individual clients across the country.