All we want for Christmas is a four-day working week

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Nearly one-third of UK job seekers want a shortened week in their next role, according to new research.

The research from TopCV, the world’s largest CV-writing service, reveals that almost one-third of UK job seekers have a four-day working week at the top of their Christmas wish list.

The second most-popular wish to ask from Santa is a change of career or industry. In fact, 29 per cent of those surveyed ranked this priority as their number-one requirement in their next role. Meanwhile, 19 per cent of seekers are hoping they are on the “nice list” this year, so they can work for an organisation committed to equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I).

And, some UK professionals are still hoping their stocking may include a future employer who gives them more time for side-hustles and volunteering (12 per cent) or mental-health and wellbeing support (10 per cent).

Speaking about the research, Amanda Augustine, careers expert at TopCV, said, ‘The events over the past year have prompted many professionals to reevaluate their priorities, particularly when it comes to their career and the type of organisation they want to work for.”

“From the coronavirus crisis to the Black Lives Matter movement, individuals are job-searching into 2021 with a new set of criteria.”

“These include, but are not limited to, flexible working hours or a shorter workweek to accommodate children’s educational needs, an employer that truly prioritises diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and opportunities in relatively “recession-proof” sectors for increased job security’.”


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