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A job for life? Results from our online survey

A job for life? Results from our paid online survey

Nearly 5,000 of our valued pannellists had their say in our latest paid online survey here at Opinion Outpost. The online survey results revealed some fascinating new trends about employment satisfaction, retirement and how you feel about your careers overall.

The majority of our members are currently employed, but a fair few have mixed feelings about their future prospects. Almost two thirds of you don’t think you are in a job for life, or were doubtful about it. Over half of you are even considering a complete career change in the next few years, according to our online survey.

The good news is that over 80% of people who took part in the paid online survey agreed that they either feel valued in their place of work, or sometimes do. Very few taking part in the online survey said they did not feel valued at all in their current place of work (fewer than 1 in 5). 60% of people taking the online paid survey also said they felt they had job security in their current role, versus less than 30% of those who felt they did not. Interestingly, the paid online survey revealed that a quarter of people think that the result of Brexit has (or may have) threatened their career, but fortunately the majority of people in our online survey do not think it will have a major impact.

In regards to whether our members knew which job they wanted to go into when they were younger, an impressive 25% of you taking the online survey knew which career you wanted to go into when you left education. Two thirds wanted to go into a different career to the one they ended up in, and the rest were unsure about which job they wanted to go into. The majority of people who went on to further education though admitted that their current job isn’t directly linked to the area in which they studied.

The online survey suggests that there is no longer a pattern of young people following in the footsteps of their parents into the same career. A whopping 88% of you have a job that is different to that of your mother or father. The next generation may well make their own career choices too, as only half of you in our online survey said you would encourage young people to go into the same career as you did.

Crucially, the online paid survey revealed that we are, as a whole, expecting to retire much later than previous generations. One in three said they expect to retire between the ages of 66 and 70, but a significant 15% of you don’t know when you will retire. Over 15% of people even expect to retire between the ages of 71 or over. This presents a stark change from the average retirement age of 60, rising to 65.

Overall, the data in our online survey did represent a fairly positive impression of our feelings towards our jobs here in the UK. The majority of people agreed they are proud of their current position (65%), versus 20% who aren’t proud of where they are, career-wise. Perhaps it’s due to a later retirement age, or the lack of a ‘job for life’ ethos, but a large number of those taking part in the paid online survey (two thirds) said that they hadn’t yet achieved all they wanted to in their careers. This indicates a new pattern of longer careers, possibly within several different fields, for future generations of pre-pensioners. It seems a ‘job for life’ may have been retired after all.


What do you think? Are your surprised by the results of our online survey? Do you expect to retire at a later age, or are you unsure when (or if) it will be? How many different careers have you had so far? Join the discussion our Facebook page and don’t forget to sign up for FREE to Opinion Outpost, to take part in paid online surveys to earn cash and rewards.


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