A Lifetime of Work….?

We spotted this research from the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) and couldn’t resist posting it, especially given our cumulative office work backgrounds.

Experts who examined in detail every aspect of a standard 47 years in the working world also found the average worker will start on around £8,000 a year in their first job.From there, they will work for six different companies on their journey to job satisfaction, with 46 per cent who will quit and re-train completely after deciding their career isn’t for them.

They will also make an estimated 29,328 cups of tea, take 94 days off sick and be late 141 times.

There will be six different job roles for the typical Brit from the moment they start work, which will span across six different companies.


Though they will enjoy nine pay rises across their years of work, 45 per cent claimed to have been made redundant at least once, enduring two periods of serious financial worry.

Fittingly they will also make their way out of two bouts of unemployment before getting back on their feet in the job market.

In fact, when seeking ‘pastures new’ they will endure an average of ten job interviews – but an unlucky one in ten will plough through the interview process over 25 times, the poll showed.

Three major bust-ups will occur over the years, either with clients, colleagues or the boss; but small disagreements in the workplace will raise their ugly head more frequently at 15 times a year.

And though the typical employee will enjoy one office romance, a busy 6 per cent will rack up to five or more.

With this in mind it’s no surprise that the average worker will hear six pieces of juicy gossip through the rumour mill.

The average Brit believes their time is worth around £17 an hour – and claims they end up working 4 hours of overtime every week.

This means over a lifetime they lose out on the equivalent of £153,408 working outside their normal hours.

British noses can be too close to the grindstone it seems, as over half (54 per cent) said they believe their commitment to work has impacted how their relationships and personal lives have turned out.

Over six in ten said trying overly hard to progress has disrupted their work-life balance, with 39 per cent who admitted to changing jobs completely purely to restore it.

In fact 46 per cent said they’d quit a job they’d had for years for better job satisfaction, even if it meant re-training or gaining new qualifications.

Mark Farrar said, ‘’A huge number of adults reach a career point where they feel a change is needed.

“As the years go by we learn more and more about what makes us happiest in our working life and the kind of roles and challenges that suit us best.

‘’Whether that means entering a whole new field, or aiming for a promotion in your company, there are options which can help your lifetime of employment work for you.


1 office romance

2 bad bosses

3 heavy bust-ups

6 job roles

6 different companies

9 pay rises

94 sick days

Late 141 times

705 minor disagreements

9,024 hours of overtime

29,328 cups of tea