Hardest working professionals are lawyers, survey discovers

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1st May 2015 12:09 - Professional Services

A survey by recruitment agency, Robert Walters, has found that lawyers are amongst the hardest working, most loyal professionals, out of a Hardest working professionals are lawyers, survey discoversrange of different professions.

The survey found that just 30 per cent of lawyers said that they would look for a new job after less than three years in a role, a fall of 2 per cent from the year 2013.

The findings showed that lawyers were less likely to leave a position after less than three years than those in marketing, with 65 per cent of those in a marketing role searching for a new job after three years or less. Of those working in project management, 60 per cent admitted to looking for new positions within three years.

Although lawyers are one of the hardest working professionals, those in financial services and sales were found to be the hardest workers, with the average number of hours a week worked by financial services professionals being 47.7 hours per week.

However, lawyers worked more hours a week than those in marketing, IT, HR and accounting, with an average of 45.5 hours, as opposed to marketing professionals’ average of 43.2 hours.

The professions that worked the least hours were secretarial and support staff, who work an average of 39.8 hours a week.

However, nearly half of lawyers worked harder than any other professions, with 42 per cent of lawyers working 50 hours or more per week.

The findings revealed that the professionals who worked the longest hours, earned the most money, with those earning a salary in excess of £100,000 working an average of 49.2 hours a week.

Those earning less than £25,000 worked an average of 38.7 hours per week.

When looking at what was were the important factors in being satisfied in their career, 60 per cent of lawyers said that having a work-life balance was more important than pay. A further 48 per cent cited being interested in the work and 27 per cent cited have responsibility and status within the company.

The survey revealed that just 7 per cent took work home 5 days a week. However, 22 per cent of the respondents revealed that they did take work home once a week.

When exploring why lawyers leave their jobs, the biggest factor was career progression, which was cited by 35 per cent. Closely following career progression, as the second biggest factor, was working with difficult bosses, with 22 per cent claiming to have left a position as a result of the management.

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