100,000 CV-Library users were asked to take part in a job seeker survey. The findings reveal a few home truths about UK employment and recruitment.
In November, CV-Library approached 100,000 recent users and asked them to complete a short survey about their job hunting habits and attitudes towards employment. In return for your opinions, we offered participants the chance to win one of ten £25 Amazon vouchers – especially handy with Christmas coming up! If you were one of the lucky winners – congratulations!
The results of the job search survey were candid, insightful and often rather surprising! Here are some of the observations we gained about the nation’s job hunt:
Job satisfaction is more important than job security to the majority of job seekers.
Finding a job which provides excitement and challenges is more important to current job seekers than one which provides stability and security, according to our survey. More than 65% valued excitement of the work over security of the job, and if you thought that job satisfaction was the preserve of the younger generations determined to work in modern, hi-tech environments, it is in fact the older candidates (50+) who proportionally valued satisfaction over security.
Sir Richard Branson tops the list of most inspiring business leader.
One of the questions asked was which business leader or innovator they most admired. The results brought many household names to the fore, but Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson’s charm, charisma and business success resulted in him being voted top by more than twice the number of candidates, both male and female. Other top business personalities who featured highly were Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and James Dyson. Karen Brady and Victoria Beckham were the leading female leaders and Mark Zuckerberg performed strongly amongst the younger (more social savvy) audience.
Majority of job seekers would study something different if they had a second chance at school or college.
The study showed that the majority of job seekers across all age groups and geographical locations would study something different if they had a second chance at school or college. In some age categories, as little as 9.6% of those looking for a new job are content with the choices they made at school – a sad indictment of how the careers advice received at a young age might be failing those at a time when they need it most. The most alarming statistic is that 78.8% of 16-21 year olds would ‘maybe’ or definitely study something else if given the choice, in many cases just months after finishing their A-Levels, NVQs or degrees.
Those under the age of 30 are far more likely to be accepting of being emailed outside of work hours when compared with their parents.
A recent ruling in Germany has declared it illegal for employers to contact their staff by email outside of the working hours – meaning no more late night discussions or demands for presentations to be on the desk first thing in the morning. In the UK, however, it is common to receive emails from tireless management staff, and often the expectation is to respond, leading to a permanently connected work-life and inability to disconnect from your work – one of the reasons that the German government has made the ruling. Our survey revealed a clear trend – younger generations are more accepting of being permanently connected to their workplace; with nearly 80% of those aged 16-21 not minding about being emailed outside of work hours, compared to only 49% of those over the age of 50.