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  • Dream job £61K a year and a boss who likes a pint

    A new study by recruitment specialists Reed of 2,000 adults in employment has revealed that the perfect job is a four-day, 24-hour week with a salary of £61,000 a year and a boss who enjoys a pint with his workforce.

    Employer benefits, such as discounts at sports clubs and local gyms were also high on the list, along with regular reviews and pay rises, flexible working hours, pension, and the choice of wearing jeans.

    Almost half of those polled wanted a good work-life balance, and a boss that understood family commitments.

    “Work-life balance means something different to each of us,” commented Mark Rhodes, Reed’s managing director.

    “For some it may be combining hard work and dedication to the job with the pursuit of personal interests and hobbies outside of work, whilst for others it might be the fulfilment of childcare and family responsibilities.

    “For dual-income couples who both work full-time, it is little surprise that flexibility and an understanding employer rank so highly.

    “But our research shows that work-life balance is also an important factor for Millennials. They’ve grown up with technology that gives them access to information and allows them to be productive anywhere, and it’s shaped their view of work.”


    1. A good work-life balance
    2. Excellent pension
    3. Flexible working hours
    4. A boss who understands family comes first
    5. Being able to work from home if you need to
    6. Bonus scheme
    7. Private healthcare for you and the family
    8. You’re able to leave work on time everyday
    9. Free tea and coffee
    10. Your own office
    11. A nice view from the window
    12. A designated parking space
    13. A quiet workspace, so you can concentrate
    14. The ability to have an opinion / say
    15. A boss who is a family man / woman themselves
    16. A chair which is measured to you, so that you are always comfortable
    17. Being allowed to work in jeans
    18. You can be your own boss
    19. Gym membership
    20. Free fruit provision
    21. A company car
    22. Fully equipped kitchen
    23. Being treated to lunch at posh venues regularly
    24. You are treated to the latest gadgets such as phones, laptops
    25. A boss that enjoys a pint
    26. Discounts to local leisure facilities
    27. Access to a fantastic stationary cupboard
    28. Two computer screens on the desk
    29. Regular reviews / appraisals
    30. Shower facilities

    Stuart O'Brien

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