Average Working Life in the UK – Patterns and Current Trends

Today we take a look at what an average working life is like for someone living in the UK. Sure, it’s the fifth largest economy in the world, but working in the UK is not all plain sailing.

According to a study carried out by AAT, an average worker in the UK has moved far from the ‘job-for-life’ attitude favoured by previous generations. The study showed, in fact, an average worker experiences six different job roles throughout their working life. 46% of participants admitting to quitting a job and retraining completely after deciding a particular career or sector wasn’t for them.

Some of the established characteristics do remain. UK workers’ commitment to finishing the job results in an average worker racking up approximately 9,024 hours in unpaid overtime. That equates to £153,000 over their lifetime. This sentiment continues to a rather concerning statistic: 54% admitted that their commitment to work had affected their personal lives.

Looking for a change? An AAT qualification can help you change professional direction

If you find yourself gravitating towards the 46% who bravely retrained and changed career, an AAT qualification might be just for you. Working in the UK, as we will discuss, can be challenging in the current climate of gig-economy and zero-hours work. If stability is what you need, get in touch with our AAT course advisory team to find out where AAT can take you.

Current Statistics

According to a BBC report, UK unemployment is at its lowest since 1975. However, average wages rose by just 2.0% – that’s 0.6% behind the inflation rate. Thanks to economic uncertainty over Brexit, the squeeze looks set to continue.

Former advisor to Tony Blair, Matthew Taylor, headed a government commissioned report (Good work – the Taylor review of modern working practices) assessing the conditions for modern workers in the UK. Unsurprisingly, the report found modern gig-economy jobs to be an area in need of reform. The report commended the flexibility gig-economy roles provide and acknowledged its part in the current low levels of unemployment. However, Mr Taylor revealed that, for individual workers, these jobs were far from perfect:

“One-sided flexibility is where employers seek to transfer all risk onto the shoulders of workers in ways that make people more insecure and makes their lives harder to manage. It’s the people told to be ready for work or travelling to work, only to be told none is available.”

Looking to retrain? UKCBC’s AAT qualifications have been scheduled to work around 9-5 jobs, meaning you can get the qualifications necessary to change your career or progress professionally whilst remaining in work. Contact UKCBC today to find out how AAT qualifications can be the first step on your new career path. 

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