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Almost 9 in 10 employees put career ambition ahead of workplace friendships, finds CV-Library

The vast majority (87.3%) of professionals put their career ambition ahead of workplace friendships, according to research from CV-Library.


It conducted a survey of over 1,600 UK workers to learn more about friendships in the workplace. The findings confirmed that the majority of employees are able to separate their work life from their personal life, putting their career ambitions to the top of the agenda.


Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, commented, “This is great news for recruiters; it’s not always easy to find talented candidates who are passionate about their career progression, but this research suggests there are plenty of driven employees out there with the right attitude. The job market is currently facing a number of economic uncertainties, so it’s good to know that employees and candidates are still as ambitious as ever – this positive morale is essential to an employer’s success.”


The research also revealed, however, that a small portion of workers struggle to balance personal relationships with their jobs; 8.9% of employees admitted to quitting their dream job after falling out with their work friends, and 19.1% have stayed in a job they hate just to stay close to their work friends.


Biggins warned, “While our data shows that most workers put their work first, recruiters should be cautious of those who aren’t as sensible and should target questions during the interview process to uncover any concerning traits. Despite being the minority, employees that don’t conduct themselves professionally will set a bad example to others. This is particularly important when bringing on new recruits, and in the current job market, many UK employers are actively expanding their workforce.”


Despite a slight monthly decline in job advertisements, CV-Library reported an 8.1% growth in vacancies during April when compared to the same period in the previous year. This was supported by a 22.6% year-on-year increase in job applications in April 2016.


Biggins concluded, “There are a number of economic influences that could threaten the UK’s job market later this year, such as a potential Brexit. However, for now, it’s still expanding. And with candidates feeling motivated to achieve success in their careers, it’s a good time to be recruiting.”



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