Nearly 3 in 10 British workers dream of becoming their own boss

posted by 9 months ago in News

Running your own business is not without its challenges – managing cash flow, recruitment and business costs to name but a few! However, it would seem that’s not putting workers off their dream of quitting the rat race and going solo.

Research by recruitment specialist, Robert Half UK has revealed that nearly 3 in 10 employees dream of waving goodbye to the corporate world to become their own boss. 28 per cent admitted that leading their own business would be their ultimate dream job. What’s more, nearly a quarter (23%) view it as a realistic career achievement to aim for.

The largest percentage (19%) aspire to become small business owners whilst 9 per cent dream of owning a large enterprise with more than 250 workers. In 2017, there were 5.7 million businesses in the UK. Over 99 per cent of those are Small or Medium Sized businesses.

Matt Weston, Director, Robert Half Management Resources comments:

“The desired working practices of today’s workforce is changing the future of work. We’re seeing employees looking for autonomy, flexibility and freedom. For many, there is an opportunity to leverage their skills and experience to set up their own business and become a specialist interim or contract worker supporting specific projects, business needs and challenges,”

“What’s clear is that businesses need to adapt to these changes in order to attract these more ambitious and entrepreneurial candidates. As a result, employers need to cater for a working environment that demands greater autonomy and flexibility than ever before. By considering the long-term aims of both interim as well as permanent employees, businesses can enable the entire workforce to flourish.”

Earlier this month, Bradford was revealed as the best place in the UK to start a business. The Barclays’ SME Growth Factors Index took into account 12 key factors including business rate relief, infrastructure, broadband speed and labour productivity. The highest concentration of start-ups is currently in London, Birmingham and Leeds.