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UK – Workers are rejecting traditional nine-to-five jobs, study finds

12 June 2019

Workers in the UK are rejecting traditional nine-to-five office jobs and looking at vacancies for practical trades or outside work, according to a new study from job site Adzuna.

Adzuna said a vineyard worker was the most clicked-on vacancy on its jobs site even though it offered a salary of £15,360.

The most searched for vacancies also included lower-paid seasonal positions such as fruit pickers, and trade jobs usually filled by overseas workers. These included electrical mate, shopfitting joiner and plumber's mate, while other popular jobs ranged from an Animal Handler and Kennel Supervisor, to Forest Worker.

Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, commented, "Workers are rejecting the traditional nine-to-five office job to search for something more fulfilling.”

"The list of the most clicked-on roles in the UK reveals three key trends that make a job desirable - working with animals, active outdoors positions, and practical craftsmanship,” Hunter said. “The nation is nostalgic for the good life and workers are prioritising wellbeing over cold hard cash.”

"Not everybody can work on a vineyard or as an animal handler, but employers can sprinkle some mood-boosting magic into more commonplace roles,” Hunter said.

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