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Quarter of workers ‘keen to retrain’

Quarter of workers ‘keen to retrain’

25 June 2015 Email this article

New data from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has shown that almost a quarter of British workers have thought about retraining or switching to a different career over the last year.

The study suggested that many Britons want physical activity and time spent outdoors to form part of their working day - two things which construction roles can provide.

Some 13% of the respondents to the survey said they are keen to become more physically active in their jobs, and 20% said they would like the opportunity to spend more hours outdoors.

A further 13% of the people questioned said they would like to avoid sitting in an office for the whole working day, with 22% keen to secure flexible working options by gaining more control over their time.

Among its other key findings, the FMB report said the desire to work outdoors is particularly strong in Brighton, with 30% of employees there keen to spend more time in the open air.

Meanwhile, 20% of Liverpool workers seek more physical activity in their jobs, and 24% of those in the Scottish city of Glasgow like the idea of becoming their own boss.

One of the study’s slightly quirkier findings revealed that the UK’s builders have managed to enter the top 10 chart of the country’s ‘sexiest’ professions. The federation said builders finished above graphic designers, bankers and chief executives in the light-hearted list.