Stuart Gentle Publisher at Onrec

Revealed: What UK professionals think success looks like at work

Are you hoping to kickstart your recruitment drive in the New Year? Whether you’re looking to fill any existing vacancies, or you’re keen to develop your employees in their existing roles, a new study from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, reveals some key metrics that Brits believe make someone successful at work.

The study of 2,000 UK professionals found that the majority (69.7%) believe that being trusted to get on with their job is one of the key measures of success. Following this, the top ten key wins include:

  • Earning over £50k – 36.1%
  • Working from home when they want – 21.3%
  • Managing more than 10 people – 20.7%
  • Not having to report into anyone – 16.4%
  • Having their own office – 13.4%
  • Having 35 days of annual leave a year – 12.9%
  • Being able to travel abroad for work – 11.6%
  • Having a company car – 7.6%
  • Being in charge of hiring and firing – 5.4%
  • Having their own PA – 5.2%

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, comments:

“It’s great for your employees to have clear goals at work, but it’s important for them to be realistic; otherwise they may leave your business in search of something that better matches their needs.

If in doubt, ensure that you talk to your employees about their aspirations. They’ll be keen to find out whether you’ll be able to meet their objectives and you’ll gain a better understanding of what they want from their career.”

Interestingly, the findings show some stark differences between the preferences of men and women when it comes to success at work, with key findings including:

  • More women favour being trusted to do their job than men (73.2% vs 67.2%)
  • More men favour earning over £50k than women (40.6% vs 28.5%)
  • More women favour working from home when they want than men (26.8% vs 16.8%)

Biggins continues:

“Naturally, every employee will have their own objectives when it comes to work and what they want to achieve; and these might not always align with what you’re able to offer. However, it’s important to be transparent. With the New Year a matter of days away, now’s a great time to take stock of what you currently offer to your employees and ensure that you’re showcasing this throughout your hiring process.”

About CV-Library

CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites and attracts over 4.3 million unique job seekers every month. Founded by Lee Biggins in 2000, CV-Library is the UK’s leading independent online job board with a database of over 14 million CVs.