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UK – Recruiters among the top ten least trusted professions, according to CV-Library

12 June 2019

There's plenty of ways to make a living, but not all of them will make you popular. In fact, a survey taken by CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, reveals the professions which Brits rate as the least trustworthy, with politicians (78.1%), journalists (37.7%) and car salesmen (27.4%) making the top three. 

Recruiters are among the top professionals considered untrustworthy, according to a survey from job board CV-Library.

CV-Library listed the top professionals considered untrustworthy due to “their lack of morals” (66.4%), “greed for money” (62.1%), “unreliability” (56.5%) and “irritating nature” (26.6%). The list is as follows:  

Politicians (78.1%) 

Journalists (37.7%)

Car salesmen (27.4%)

Telesales (23.6%)

Bankers (22.8%)

Paparazzi (21.6%)

Estate agents (14.6%)

Recruiters (13.6%)

Lawyer (8.7%)

Bailiffs (6.7%)

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, said a common theme in the least trusted list was sales-driven occupations such as car sales, telesales, estate agents and recruiters.

“Unfortunately, it’s just the nature of the trade. Being proactive in making sales can be perceived as being pushy, or irritating. However, without these professions, many businesses wouldn’t be able to flourish,” Biggins said.

The survey also sought to find out the most trusted professions in the UK.  CV-Library found that largely, trust is associated with the professionals that “have our best interests at heart” (73.4%), are in their job for a good cause” (71%), are “reliable” (64.5%) and “friendly” (16.2%). The list is as follows: 

Doctor (61.3%)

Nurse (40%)

Teacher (36.9%)

Paramedic (36.5%)

Police (23.2%)

Armed forces (20.8%)

Vet (16%)

Scientist (14.3%)

Judge (13.2%)

Hairdresser (8.4%)


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