Half of Britons regard current job as temporary.

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A survey from website Monster and market research company GfK has found that half (46 per cent) of Britons think of their current employment is just a stop gap. Meanwhile only two out of five (43 per cent) say their current employment is part of a wider career. The research polled opinions from more than 8,000 workers around the world including over 1,000 in the United Kingdom.

Britain’s younger generations are the most likely to be career-minded, with 46 per cent of those aged 18-35 stating they consider their employment as part of a career path rather than just being a job for the time being. The likelihood of having work which is seen as part of a career fell steadily with age, with 40 per cent of those aged 50-64 and just 37 per cent of those aged over-65 saying they had a career.

The research shows that income also affects how likely Brits are to consider their work part of a career. While more than three in five (61 percent) of the UKs’ top earners consider their employment a career rather than a job, this number slides to 49 per cent of medium earners and just 30 per cent of those on low incomes.

“The UK workforce is split in terms of those who consider their current employment as part of a longer-term career,” commented Andy Sumner, Managing Director, Monster UK and Ireland. “Of course, some people take jobs that fall outside of their desired career out of necessity – as there just wasn’t the right opportunity at the right time. But these workers should never give up on their dreams – and as it’s a new year, there’s no better time to make a change. People have other passions outside of work, and a job is just a means to an end – however, as we have long working lives ahead of us, everyone deserves to find a job they find rewarding and enjoyable.”

When looking at the international results, the study reveals how seven countries rank in terms of the number of workers who say they consider their work part of a career. The results show that French and Canadian workers are the most likely to say they have a ‘career’ rather than ‘just a job’, with UK workers coming exactly mid-way in the rankings. Germans came out as the least likely to see their current employment as a career.

“It is interesting that France and Canada top the rankings in terms of people seeing themselves as working within a career, when both also score highly on work-life balance: people in both countries work fewer hours than the average worker in an OECD-member country, according to the organisation’s Better Life Index,” comments Sumner. “Also, Germans are known for their hard-working attitude, but the results of the research show that seeing your employment as falling within a career is much less likely in Germany. Evidently each country has its own cultural norms, but regardless of how you view your work, no one should settle for a role that they don’t enjoy.”


Survey Data


Countries ranked in terms of number of workers who say they consider their work part of a career:

France (70 per cent)

Canada (69 per cent)

US (57 per cent)

UK (43 per cent)

India (43 per cent)

Netherlands (38 per cent)

Germany  (25 per cent)


Surveying over 8,000 people in Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, UK and US, this survey was conducted using GfK’s GLOBOBUS, a monthly global omnibus study.