We spend too much of our lives at work not to love what we do, but sadly, 75.7% of UK professionals would start an entirely new career if they were given the chance, suggesting they aren’t happy with their chosen path. That’s according to the UK’s leading independent job site, CV-Library, which also found that four in 10 workers (39.9%) are unhappy in their current roles.
The popular job board has spent the last year researching 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 you to make your next career move.
So if you’re looking for more from your job, or you’re considering a career change altogether, CV-Library reveals the top 10 industries you should consider in 2018:
1. Design - If you’re looking for a better work-life balance
Over a third (37.5%) of designers revealed that they don’t have to do any overtime, higher than any other industry across the UK. What’s more, over half (54.2%) 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%) 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%) admitted to feeling stressed at work, less than any other industry.
4. Recruitment - If it’s better workplace perks you want
Over half (51%) of recruiters receive workplace perks, higher than any other industry. Topping the list of perks are free fitness facilities/classes (23.1%), flexible working (16%) and staff discounts (15.4%).
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 the hospitality workers (50.3%) 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%) 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% 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%) professionals working in Customer Service roles admitted being 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%) admit that they eat healthier because of their job and 42.9% have lost weight as a result. Caterers are also some of the most likely to exercise every day (14.3%).
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%) of legal workers said that their employer is supportive of mental health – this was higher than any other industry.
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: “Your job is a big part of your life, 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. And what better time to start than the New Year!”