Anything but this! The jobs we'd be most willing to quit

For many of us, the working week can’t end soon enough. And new research has revealed that more than one in eight of us would consider leaving our current job, even if we weren’t given the option to choose what we did instead!

A survey asked UK residents whether they would ‘stick or twist’ on different aspects of their life, including where they’re from, their hair colour, their profession and even the team they support*.

Like a game of Blackjack, players ‘stick’ or ‘twist’ in the hopes of getting the best hand, without knowing what the next card may reveal.

And the results reveal that 13 per cent would ‘twist’ and be prepared to take a chance and change their job, without knowing what the outcome would be.

Those working in marketing and PR would be most willing to quit their current role for a career in the unknown.

More than one in five in the industry (22 per cent) say they’d be prepared to ‘twist’ and take a different job at random, and that figure nearly doubles (39 per cent) if they are able to pick where they go next.

Twenty per cent in sales also say they’d ‘twist’ on their career path, with manual labourers, such as plumbers and electricians, following closely behind (18.9 per cent).

The top ten occupations that we’d most like to ‘twist’ on, and risk leaving for an unknown alternative are:

  1. Marketing and PR – 22 per cent
  2. Sales – 21.7 per cent
  3. Manual Labourer – 18.9 per cent
  4. Retail – 18.8 per cent
  5. Civil Servant – 17.7 per cent
  6. Accounts – 17.7per cent
  7. Lawyer – 17.6 per cent
  8. Teacher – 17.2 per cent
  9. Operational – 17 per cent
  10. Finance – 16.1 per cent


Emergency service workers are least likely to take a chance on their career. Just eight per cent say they’d be prepared to gamble on something new, though nearly a quarter (23 per cent) said they would consider selecting a different job if they could choose what they could go into next.

Those who are self-employed (17 per cent), accountants (19 per cent) and company directors (19 per cent) are least likely to choose a different career path.

Age is also a factor and it’s the younger end who are apparently most eager to make a change.

Twenty-five to 34-year-olds are most likely to ‘twist’ on their job, while 55 to 64-year-olds would be least willing to take the risk as they approach retirement.

The results also show that women would be slightly more likely than men to gamble on a new career, though men are more likely to move careers if they can choose where they go next.

Ladbrokes PR manager, said,


We can all be guilty of moaning about our jobs and lots of us think about changing careers when things start to get too much, but it’s interesting to see that such a high percentage would be happy to gamble their career for the unknown.

It’s also revealing to note see that 25 to 34-year-olds are most likely to risk a random change, and that two of the top three jobs Brits most want to ‘twist’ on are office-based, rather than exposed to the elements.

*UK survey conducted by Ladbrokes

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