The office is the deal-breaker for of British job-hunters

New research reveals that more than half of British job-hunters would turn down a job offer based on the workspace.

More than one in two job-hunters would turn down a job if they didn’t like the office space, according to new research.

A survey of 1,014 UK workers in full or part time work carried out by retailer, reveals more than half (53 per cent) of job hunters would turn down a role if they did not like the company’s office or working environment.

When quizzed on the factors that would influence the decision to take a job, one in two respondents cite the location of the office as key.

Outdated décor would put off 41 per cent of UK workers, while a lack of natural light would deter 38 per cent.

Almost one in three (32 per cent) say they would be influenced in their decision to take a job by broken or outdated furniture, and the same number said a dirty or unhygienic workplace is a deal-breaker.

Mark Kelly, marketing manager at says, ‘The data shows that companies need to pay attention to much more than salaries and benefits, when trying to attract top talent.

The average UK worker spends 8,060 hours a year at work, so it’s understandable that the environment can be a deal maker or breaker for many.

‘Employers looking to attract the most talented staff in their field should keep this in mind when inviting candidates to interview.

‘It’s not so easy to change the location of the office, however they can ensure that there are onsite catering facilities and breakout areas for lunch, and even arrange car pools or an employee bus service that connects to local transport links.

‘Also ensuring the space is always kept clean and tidy, furniture is in good condition and the décor feels fresh and modern is a great place to start.’

The top five workspace deal-breakers for job hunters

Location (e.g. close to transport links, places to eat, amenities etc.) – 50 per cent
Outdated décor – 41 per cent
Lack of natural light – 38 per cent
Broken or old furniture – 32 per cent
Dirty and unhygienic workspace – 32 per cent

Further reading on British job-hunters

Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Owen Gough

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the and titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the

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