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Sinead Moore 17 Feb 2017 02:34pm

Accounting features in top five most boring jobs

Accounting, consultancy, financial services and banking all featured in a round-up of the most boring jobs, compiled by salary benchmarking site Emolument

The study found that law professionals are least enthused about their work, with eight out of 10 saying they are bored in their job.

Project management came in second place, followed by support functions.

Finance control ranked fourth in the list of the most boring jobs, with 68% of respondents admitting they are bored at work.

Consulting and accounting rounded out the top five with 67% of accountant reporting they are bored.

The same percentage of financial services and banking professionals admitted they find their jobs boring.

Research and development professionals are among the least bored employees, the study found. Only 45% claim they are bored at work, meaning a larger proportion are not bored.

The survey also revealed that CEOs are just as bored as junior employees.

In fact, there is very little difference in boredom levels between entry level (66% bored), junior managers (65%), managers (64%), senior managers (64%) and CEOs (65%).

Alice Leguay, co-founder and COO at Emolument said, “Boredom at work is a key issue for firms trying to keep millennials engaged, especially in traditional industries such as accounting and legal jobs which can be perceived as dull.

“Without an inspirational leadership figure, or an exciting professional challenge to motivate younger team members, boredom will quickly settle in,” Leguay warned.

“Surprisingly, according to our figures, CEOs struggle to enthuse their teams, having fallen prey to boredom themselves, probably due to being tangled in administrative and managerial processes [which] frustrate their desire to implement a vision and lead their business,” she added.

The UK also featured in the top ten most boring countries.

UAE topped the list with 83% of professionals surveyed bored in their jobs and the UK ranked eight, with 64% bored at work.

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