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5 February 2015

One quarter of workers lie about their job

Nearly one quarter of British workers lie to others about their job, a survey has discovered.

Solopress, the printing service, questioned 2,000 employees and found that 25% of men lie about their profession opposed to under a fifth of women fibbers.

Young people were most likely to lie about their jobs, with 28% between the ages of 18 and 34 admitting to being untruthful.

Conversely, 14% of those aged 45 to 54 and just nine per cent of people aged above 55 said they had fibbed about their job.

The research also revealed that 23% of women felt their job had affected their confidence – compared to 13% of men. Women were also considerably more likely to see their happiness outside of the workplace changed by their job.

Additionally, it found that when asked to name their dream job, the top answer, by 100 people, was a pilot.

This was closely followed by hopes of becoming a footballer (81 people) and a writer, journalist or editor (75 people).

Other respondents said they would like to work as a bed tester, beer taster or be an astronaut.

Two people said they wanted to be Sir Alan Sugar and one person wanted to be Sir Richard Branson.

A career in medicine, such as a doctor or surgeon was considered to be the most well respected career, followed by the armed forces.

Traffic wardens were the most detested occupation by almost half of those surveyed.


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