Office workers yearn for flexible career change

The
majority of office workers are frustrated, stressed and yearning to swap their
desk jobs, according to new research.

A
third of those surveyed by vocational awards body City & Guilds said they
were looking to change jobs, with one in five wanting to work outdoors.

The
people most likely to want a switch are employed in the media, engineering or
pharmaceutical industries.

City
& Guilds said a "radical change" was taking place, with employees
looking for jobs that offer more flexibility. Stress and frustration created by
too many administrative hold-ups were cited as key reasons for people wanting a
change.

The
survey of 1,000 workers indicated that many wanted to work for themselves, with
a sizeable proportion keen on a job in gardening or farming.

The
survey also found that the longer a person had been in a job, the more likely
they were to want a career move.

Nearly
half those questioned who had been in their current role for more than 10 years
wanted to switch occupation.

By Mike Berry

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