PracticeAccounting FirmsAccountants ‘least satisfied’ workers in the UK

Accountants 'least satisfied' workers in the UK

A new survey claims that accountants are the unhappiest employees currently working in the UK, with more than half looking to leave their jobs.

Link: Accountants just can’t leave the office

The study, undertaken by Foundation Degrees, which looked at levels of career satisfaction, examined 1,000 people across the UK and found that 53% of accountants wanted to leave their current employment.

It also uncovered some unexpected statistics -nearly two-thirds (63%) of people working in accountancy did not choose to enter the profession but ‘drifted into their current job’, while nearly a third said they regarding their job as just a way of paying the bills.

One in five accountants said they would like to resign, but are scared to because of the fear of not finding another job.

A spokesperson from Foundation Degrees said: ‘These statistics make it abundantly clear that a large number of accountants are far from happy in their current working environment.

‘This has significant knock-on effects for companies – on the one hand, an unhappy workforce leads to low productivity and low customer satisfaction, while on the other hand, high turnover can be extremely costly and disruptive.

‘The trend is for people to drift from one job to another, constantly dissatisfied yet lacking the skills to do what they really want.’

Related Articles

Sexual harassment – is accountancy next for #MeToo?

Accounting Firms Sexual harassment – is accountancy next for #MeToo?

1d Karen Baxter, Lewis Silkin
Johnston Carmichael CEO appointed as ICAS president

Accounting Firms Johnston Carmichael CEO appointed as ICAS president

3w Emma Smith, Managing Editor
British Accountancy Awards 2018 – entries open!

Accounting Firms British Accountancy Awards 2018 – entries open!

1m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
Is the accountancy sector facing an international talent crisis?

Accounting Firms Is the accountancy sector facing an international talent crisis?

1m Lewis Silkin
RSM appoints new Chief Operating Officer

Accounting Firms RSM appoints new Chief Operating Officer

1m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
RSM announces 11 partner promotions

Accounting Firms RSM announces 11 partner promotions

2m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
BDO hires former AstraZeneca creative director as head of digital and innovation

Accounting Firms BDO hires former AstraZeneca creative director as head of digital and innovation

2m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
What does the future hold for listed accountancy firms?

Accounting Firms What does the future hold for listed accountancy firms?

2m Fergus Payne, Lewis Silkin