Accounting ranked fifth most boring job

Two thirds (66%) of accountants are bored at work with the accounting profession ranking fifth out of a roundup of the most boring jobs, according to Emolument, a salary benchmarking site

The study, which surveyed 1,300 professionals, found that law professionals are the least motivated with eight out of 10 claiming that they are bored with their work.

Project management followed in second place with support functions coming in at third. Finance control (68%), accounting (67%) and financial services and banking (67%) followed respectively.

Research and development professional are among the least bored employees with only 45% claiming to be uninterested at work.

The survey also discovered that there is little difference (1%) in boredom levels between CEOs and junior employers.

TitleBoredNot Bored
Entry Level66%34%
Junior Manager65%35%
Senior Manager64%36%
CEO, CTO, CFO65%35%


Alice Leguay, Co-Founder & COO at Emolument said: 'Boredom at work is a key issue for firms trying to keep millennials engaged, especially in traditional industries such as accounting and legal jobs which can be perceived as dull while employers attempt to give young employees the satisfaction of making an impact in their work life in order to prevent them from moving on too swiftly.

‘Without an inspirational leadership figure, or an exciting professional challenge to motivate younger team members, boredom will quickly settle in. Surprisingly, according to our figures, CEOs struggle to enthuse their teams, having fallen prey to boredom themselves, probably due to being tangled in administrative and managerial processes with frustrate their desire to implement a vision and lead their business.'

Amy Austin |Reporter, Accountancy Daily [2016-2019]

Amy Austin was reporter, Accountancy Daily and Accountancy magazine, published by ...

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