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A new survey has revealed just how important a job choice is for UK workers, with many citing this as being top of the list when asked about the ten most important life decisions.

The recent survey, conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), revealed that the majority of respondents said that choosing their job is more important than deciding when to start a family, whether to get married, and where to live.

Respondents were given a list of ten life decisions that people generally have to make. ‘What to do as a job’ was the most popular, with more than three quarters (77%) of respondents agreeing. This beat ‘when to start a family’ (73%), ‘where to live’ (64%), ‘whether to enter into marriage or a civil partnership’ (57%), ‘who their friends are’ (37%) and ‘which political party to support’ (28%).

The research also revealed the factors that are most important when choosing a job, with 80% saying that ‘doing something I enjoy’ was top of their list. Other factors included ‘salary and benefits’ (81%), ‘work/life balance’ (68 per cent), and ‘location’ (62%).     

REC chief executive Kevin Green, commented, “In recruitment we see every day just how important jobs are to people. The work you do impacts everything else you do in life. Not only does it enable you to earn the money you need to provide for yourself and your family, take a holiday, buy a house – a job also allows you to feel you are part of something.

“We know jobs transform lives and that’s why we want to encourage people to use recruiters whenever they are thinking about their next career move. Having the right job is as about doing something you enjoy, getting a work-life balance, and building relationships.

“We are keen that government and employers recognise the positive work that recruiters do to help businesses find the right people, people find the right job and the UK jobs market to be the best in the world.”

George Ballard is the Sales & Marketing Executive for Contractor Umbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies. Learn more about George on Google.


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