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Almost half of employed adults believe the dream job doesn't exist – with flexible working topping the list of most wanted requirements, according to a new study from global hospitality group, Accor.


Almost half of employed adults believe the dream job doesn't exist – with flexible working topping the list of most wanted requirements, according to a new study from global hospitality group, Accor.

Category: Europe - United Kingdom - Careers - Recruitment / Job / Training
This is a press release selected by our editorial committee and published online for free on 2023-03-28

A study of 2,000 workers found 64 per cent are not currently in the industry they dreamed of being in, and 71 per cent are not in their intended role.

While 46 per cent don’t believe the dream job exists, and 41 per cent admitted their own ideal career isn’t a realistic goal.

The ultimate role would also need to include the opportunity to travel (35 per cent), regular pay rises (45 per cent) and not being stuck behind a desk all day (26 per cent).

Other things a dream job should entail were no day being the same (25 per cent), free food and drink (21 per cent) and opportunities to go to events (20 per cent) and work in other countries (18 per cent).

It also emerged healthcare, creative arts and design and leisure, sport and tourism are the top industries employed adults’ ultimate career would be in.

But 54 per cent don’t think they’ll ever be in their dream job role or industry.

The research was commissioned by Accor to mark the launch of a TV show, Fred’s Last Resort on E4, where young recruits will be put to the test within the demanding industry of luxury hospitality, resulting in one of them winning a life and career-changing role with Accor in London, enjoying bespoke training placements at Novotel London Canary Wharf, Sofitel London St James and The Savoy, a Fairmont managed hotel.

The tailored programme will include Training & Development via the Accor Academy to support the winner’s professional development, a dedicated mentor throughout the year and a tailored career programme in each hotel dependent on their area of interest, gaining experience and know-how from some of the industry-leading experts.

The research found a third (32 per cent) of those polled have worked in the hospitality industry at some point, and 60 per cent were satisfied with the job. Despite this, 17 per cent admitted they see the likes of working in a hotel, restaurant or bar as a ‘stepping stone’ career and 16 per cent are under the impression there is a lack of flexibility.

Fred Sirieix said:The hospitality industry offers such great opportunities for people, which is why I am still so passionate about it and love it just as much as the first day I started.”

“However, the sector has an image problem in the UK, and I’m on a mission to change that. Too many people see the industry as a stepping-stone at best, but most of them don’t appreciate how rewarding it can be. A true profession!”

The research also found, of the age groups polled the younger demographic of 18-24 year old’s are most willing to consider a career in hospitality (41 per cent). A further 29 per cent of 25-34 year old’s also would, compared to just 16 per cent of the population as a whole.

Sophie Kilic, SVP Talent & Culture at Accor, said: “When new talents start their career, they often have an idea of what they want to do, but often end up compromising, whether that’s on the hours, pay or industry itself.”

“The research shows that while people think their dream job doesn’t exist, a lot of the things people are looking for in their job now are very achievable, like having flexibility and variety and simply enjoying their day-to-day role.

“It’s true that hospitality has not always been positively perceived in this country, but role models like Fred are doing a great job to change that. There is still a lack of awareness about where a hospitality career can take you, but as the survey suggests we are seeing more interest from younger generations who begin to realise that their aspirations – whether they are about career progression, variety, travel, finances, flexibility or just fun – can be easily met in the right hospitality setting.”

According to the study, perception and reality often don’t align in our careers. Almost a third (32 per cent) of all those polled admitted they have less job satisfaction than they thought they’d have in their current role. And 24 per cent feel their job isn’t what they expected it would be.

The typical worker has been in their current role for eight years, but 41 per cent aren’t earning as much as they’d like to be at this stage.

While 20 per cent are frustrated they haven’t progressed further than they have. Many are also dissatisfied with the amount of opportunities they have to travel (39 per cent) and how much fun they have at work (36 per cent).

The OnePoll survey found job enjoyment came top of the most important factors to people in their career (63 per cent), followed by the pay and benefits (61 per cent) and flexibility (39 per cent).

Fred Sirieix added: “I’ve always worked hard, I’m first in and last out, and I attribute a lot of my success to that work ethic. That pride in a job well done, and the hard work needed to get there, is what I’ve learnt in hospitality and for me is the key to career contentment and success no matter what the sector.“

Fred’s Last Resort starts on E4 on 14th March.

Top 40 things workers’ dream job would include:

  • Flexible hours
  • Strong financial rewards
  • Regular pay rises
  • Good employee benefits
  • The opportunity to travel
  • A fun team
  • Varied day-to-day jobs
  • Not sat at a desk all day
  • Where no day is the same
  • The opportunity to make people happy
  • Unlimited holiday
  • Free food / drinks e.g. breakfast, tea, coffee supplied etc
  • Health/dental insurance
  • Opportunity to be creative
  • The opportunity to go to events
  • The opportunity to work in other countries        
  • Birthday off without having to take annual leave        
  • Learn on the job        
  • The opportunity to regularly meet new people        
  • Discounts via employee benefits e.g. in high street shops, on holidays etc    
  • Casual uniform
  • The opportunity to learn transferable skills
  • Speaking face to face with people
  • Opportunity to be proactive
  • Not just Monday to Friday hours
  • Quick career progression
  • Opportunity to earn tips / bonuses
  • The opportunity to take a sabbatical
  • Parental benefits
  • Opportunity to have a work car
  • Team ‘away days’
  • Having genuine responsibility from early in my career
  • Allowed to bring your pet to work
  • On-site gym
  • Regular social events with colleagues
  • The opportunity to meet celebrities
  • Nap rooms
  • Planning events
  • Opportunity to have a work phone
  • Opportunity to work days and nights

About Accor

Accor is a world leading hospitality group consisting of more than 5,300 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. The group has one of the industry’s most diverse and fully-integrated hospitality ecosystems encompassing more than 40 luxury, premium, midscale and economy hotel brands, entertainment and nightlife venues, restaurants and bars, branded private residences, shared accommodation properties, concierge services, co-working spaces and more. Accor’s unmatched position in lifestyle hospitality – one of the fastest growing categories in the industry – is led by Ennismore, a joint venture, which Accor holds a majority shareholding. Ennismore is a creative hospitality company with a global collective of entrepreneurial and founder-built brands with purpose at their heart. Accor boasts an unrivalled portfolio of distinctive brands and more than 260,000 team members worldwide. Members benefit from the company’s comprehensive loyalty program – ALL - Accor Live Limitless – a daily lifestyle companion that provides access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences. Through its Planet 21 – Acting Here, Accor Solidarity, RiiSE and ALL Heartist Fund initiatives, the Group is focused on driving positive action through business ethics, responsible tourism, environmental sustainability, community engagement, diversity and inclusivity. Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACCYY) in the United States.

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