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Mandy Kloppers

What Do Brits Really want from their Jobs in 2022

  • A new report by recruitment specialist Futures shows Hybrid Working is highly desired in 2022, with an increase in Google searches of over 30,000%
  • The well-being of workers needs strong consideration, with a 1000% increase in Google searches for “best jobs for someone with anxiety and depression”

From wellbeing to working from home, there are plenty of buzzwords when it comes to post-pandemic work trends. The past two years have seen a shift in the work mindsets for many, and businesses must adapt to the changing needs of their employees. But what are people looking for from their next role?

As we’ve recently passed the two-year anniversary of the covid-19 pandemic, recruitment specialist Futures has analyzed Google search data and ONS data to reveal what people are looking for from their jobs in 2022.

Addressing mental health

Sadly, the pandemic saw a huge rise in Brits experiencing mental health issues. Many UK workers are looking for accommodating roles and workplaces due to poor mental health, shown by an 1100% rise in searches for “best jobs for someone with anxiety and depression”. Employees are actively searching for jobs that will support mental health and offer comfortable working environments for different needs.

Is hybrid working desired by job seekers?

Google search data reveals a huge increase in those looking for “hybrid working jobs” with the term rising 30,900% from the start of the pandemic in 2020 to 2022 Hybrid working is defined as working some of the working weeks in the office, and some of it at home. This rise comes as employers and employees alike recognize the benefit of hybrid working, and it becomes both a valuable and viable option for many businesses.

Is salary still a key consideration?

Work-life balance is also becoming more important for UK employees; however, salary is still a consideration for many, shown by a 2900% increase in searches for “highest paying jobs with work-life balance”. This comes as the pandemic has made people address the balance between work and everyday life. However, with the cost of living rising rapidly, comfortable salaries are still desired.

See full results below:


Google Search term

Change Feb2020 – March 2022


hybrid working jobs



highest paying jobs with work-life balance



wfh jobs



best jobs for someone with anxiety and depression



work from home with flexible hours



online jobs with flexible hours



jobs with bonuses



work from home jobs with training



top jobs for work-life balance



jobs with company car provided



quitting work for mental health



jobs for people with no degree



jobs with travel benefits



jobs with weekends off



jobs with a flexible schedule


Tom Liptrot, Managing Director at Futures, comments: “Small things can make a big difference for employees in the workplace, and good mental health practices are important for a thriving team. To help, businesses can consider introducing employee wellbeing services, mental health staff training, and actively encourage employees to maintain a healthy work-life balance.”

Where are Brits working now?

Data from a recent ONS survey released by the UK government has found that 71% of the population travelled to work within the last month, 12% worked from home full time and 14% worked with a hybrid approach.

30–49-year-olds were more likely to work from home compared to 16–29-year-olds (13% vs 8%). This may be explained by younger people feeling safer returning to work but could also be attributed to the younger demographic living in city centres and in many cases renting, therefore being more inclined to return to the office. This is compared to the 30–49-year-olds category, who are much more likely to have families and children, therefore craving a better work-life balance, which is something that working from home can facilitate.

Tom Ryan, Sales Director at Futures, comments: “Everyone is different, and offering a flexible, hybrid approach to working means businesses can support and attract a wider variety of people.

Having an office there for your team and making it a great place to be is of huge benefit to employees, especially for their mental health. There’s no ‘one size fits all approach to this; it’s about providing the options for staff to work where they feel most comfortable, and productive.

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