The top 10 most desirable jobs in the UK

  25th June 2018       Claire Bond
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A recent survey from independent job site CV-Library, shows that over half (54.5%) of UK professionals are unhappy in their job. Over two fifths revealed that they aren’t currently working in their desired role, which could be contributing to their job dissatisfaction.

Respondents were asked which role they would ideally like to have if there were no restrictions such as experience and qualifications. The results from the survey of 1,100 UK workers showed that the most desirable jobs right now are:

Teacher – 18.3%

Designer – 17.1%

Office Manager – 16.8%

IT Technician – 15%

Accountant – 12.8%

Athlete – 12.5%

Mechanical Engineer – 12.3%

Recruiter – 11.7%

Brand Manager – 10.9%

Journalist – 10.7%

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments: 

“It’s interesting to see that being a teacher came top of the list given the ongoing staff shortages in the industry right now. It’s also great to see that some of the more traditional occupations such as accountant, technician and recruiter made the list.

“With the introduction of new technologies and the ever-growing popularity of freelance work, it can often feel like some of the key professions such as healthcare are being disregarded. Instead, it’s clear that many workers are opting for online roles, such as brand manager, instead.”

Despite over a third (37.5%) of workers stating that they’d be more likely to want a job with ‘manager’ in the title, almost half (44.4%) said that enjoying your job is more important than salary.

Biggins concludes: “It’s good to see that job satisfaction is a priority for many of the nation’s professionals. In today’s uncertain economy, it can be all too easy to focus on money and making a living; but we spend a great deal of our time at work so it’s important that we enjoy what we do.

No matter what industry you operate in, employers need to ensure that they’re doing their best to create a great company culture and keep staff happy and motivated. It’s clear that this is the key to productivity and strong staff retention rates.”

Claire Bond


Claire has almost 25 years Recruitment experience. A specialist in the regional recruitment marketplace, Claire has extensive local knowledge and holds a reputation for quality, integrity, honesty and excellent matching. Heading up the HR and Office & Commercial Divisions of Bond Williams. Claire is responsible for the overall growth and …

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