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Money and lack of skills are all that's stopping an exodus of passive jobseekers, finds survey of 3,000

David Woods , 11 May 2012

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Three out of five employees in the UK (60%) want to change their job, but are being held back by a lack of finances(46%) and not having the right skills (42%), according to new a poll of 3,000 people by Bing, Microsoft’s search engine.

The research was conducted to examine what Brits really want to be doing in all aspects of their lives, including careers.

Commenting on the findings, Sociologist, Jenni Trent Hughes, said: "Many of us feel our lives are controlled by our work. We often feel that our work is what we do for a living.

"In today's times of economic austerity, many of us feel uncertain about the future, so I'm not surprised that most people want to feel in control of what they do day-in, day-out. In most of the jobs people identified as their ideal professions, they wanted to determine the how, where, when and why of what they did - or would at least like to be setting the agenda."

In an ideal world, jobs Brits' most want to do range from the glamorous world of Formula One to the less speedy job of being a bus driver. The poll of 3,000 people from across the UK found that the nation's top 10 dream jobs, are as follows:

1. Pilot

2. Working for a charity or not-for-profit organisation

3. Writer

4. Photographer

5. Musician or singer

6. Sports trainer or coach

7. Formula 1, MotoGP or rally driver

8. Actor

9. Journalist

10. Artist

Head of Bing UK, Peter Maxmin said: "It's clear from the research that people aren't doing what they really want to do, when it comes to their career. Search provides us with the knowledge to make new things possible - from finding out what skills are needed to change jobs to finding a recruiter to help land the job. If you want to do it - search can tell you how, where and when - you already know why."

The poll comes as part of Microsoft's Bing is for Doing initiative. Bing wants to find out what Brits really want to do with their lives, and will help make the best ones happen.

The OnePoll survey of 3000 UK respondents was commissioned by Bing UK. The survey took place in April 2012.

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