The Job You Want

CV-Library data hopes to encourage workers into right roles.

The Job You Want

UK & Europe

CV-Library has brought together data and research to help inform career moves. According to the job board, 75.7 per cent of UK professionals would start an entirely new career if they were given the chance, suggesting they aren’t happy with their chosen path. In addition, four in 10 workers (39.9 per cent) are unhappy in their current roles.

These results come form a study which spanned over last year, discovering what candidates want from their job search, their working life and from their employer. The data, which is comprised of the opinions of over 13,200 UK professionals, has identified some interesting industry trends that could help people make their next career move.

As part of this, CV-Library has identified the top 10 industries which should be considered this year:


1. Design - If you’re looking for a better work-life balance

Over a third (37.5 per cent) of designers revealed that they don’t have to do any over time, higher than any other industry across the UK. What’s more, over half (54.2 per cent) have the opportunity to work from home when they want to.

2. Education - If you want more opportunities for training and development

Over two thirds (67.3 per cent) of employers in the education sector invest in regular training and development opportunities for their staff. So, while you may need specific qualifications to get your foot in the door, there are plenty of chances to learn and upskill along the way.

3. Accounting - If you’re searching for a low-stress work environment

Despite working with finances and complex numbers, accountants were the least likely to suffer from workplaces stress. In fact, only a third (36.8 per cent) admitted to feeling stressed at work, less than any other industry.


4. Recruitment - If it’s better workplace perks you want

Over half (51 per cent) of recruiters receive workplace perks, higher than any other industry. Topping the list of perks are free fitness facilities/classes (23.1 per cent), flexible working (16 per cent) and staff discounts (15.4 per cent).

5. Hospitality - If you’re looking for a boss you can get on board with

If you’re looking for a boss you can count on, half of hospitality workers (50.3 per cent) revealed that they’ve never had a bad boss. This number far outpaced any other industry, for which the majority had previously had one or more experiences of bad leadership.

6. IT - If you’re looking for more flexibility

If you’re looking for the option of flexible working then IT could be for you! Over half (57.3 per cent) of workers in the industry said they have the option to work from home when they want to.

7. Agriculture - If you want to be happiest in your role

Maybe it’s something about working with nature, but agriculture is the industry that could be for you if you’re looking for all round satisfaction. In fact, 70 per cent of workers in the industry said they were happy in their jobs and this high percentage was not mirrored in any other industry.

8. Customer Service - If you’re fed up of the gender pay gap!

We’re hearing a lot about the gender pay gap at the moment, and we can only hope this publicity will do more to bridge the gap. But, in the meantime, only one in 10 (10.9 per cent) professionals working in Customer Service roles admitted to be affected by the pay gap, less than any other industry!

9. Catering - If you want a healthier lifestyle

Perhaps due to the physical nature of many of the roles, catering is the place to be if you fancy being healthier! One in four caterers (23.8 per cent) admit that they eat healthier because of their job and 42.9 per cent have lost weight as a result. Caterers are also some of the most likely to exercise everyday (14.3 per cent).

10. Legal - If it’s a supportive environment you want

If you’re struggling with workplace stress or any mental health issues, interestingly two thirds (66.3 per cent) of legal workers said that their employer is supportive of mental health – this was higher than any other industry.

“Your job is a big part of your life,” notes Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, “so it’s important to be passionate about what you do. Despite what many think, it’s never too late to change things up, whether that’s looking for a new job or changing careers entirely.”



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