The ideal job, according to a new study from CV-Library is a flexible London-based education job, in a company with less than 250 people, which pays £25,500 per year.
This dreamed of jobs emerged from a 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. The survey also found:
- Nearly four in 10 (39.8 per cent) think a salary of £25,500 is reasonable, while 27.5 per cent want a higher pay of £35,500 per year
- The majority (53.6 per cent) would prefer to work flexi-time, choosing their eight hours between 06:00 and 18:00 – only 25.1 per cent want to stick with the traditional 9-5
- A further 38.7 per cent would be happy with 25 days holiday, while 36.7 per cent would want to stretch to 30 days
- What’s more, 40.4 per cent would prefer to work for a business with less than 250 employees, compared to 7.4 per cent who wanted to work for a start-up and 19.7 per cent for a large corporate company
- And two-thirds (66.4 per cent) 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 per cent said paid sick leave, 56.6 per cent said the ability to work from home and 41.1 per cent said health insurance. In addition, 26.4 per cent wanted staff discounts, 23.2 per cent a company car and 19.6 per cent income protection. When asked what pension contribution they’d like their employer to pay, 28.5 per cent said 10 per cent and 26.9 per cent said 5 per cent.
London was voted the location professionals would most like to work in, with 27.2 per cent of Brits stating that their ideal job would be based in the capital. This was followed by Brighton (7.9 per cent) and Bournemouth (7.3 per cent). When asked what industry they would work in if they could choose any, education got the highest number of votes (18.9 per cent), followed by charity (16.8 per cent), engineering (15.6 per cent) and IT (13.8 per cent).
“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,’ said Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library. “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.”