Over a fifth of workers see remote working as a sign of success

Over a fifth of UK employees feel that being able to work from home when they choose to, is a sign of success.

This is according to CV-Library who found that 21 per cent of employees feel this way. Also, over two-thirds (69 per cent) see being trusted and left to get on with their job as another key sign of success.

Below is the list of what employees see as signs of success:

  • Earning over £50,000, (36 per cent)
  • Managing more than 10 people, (20 per cent)
  • Having their own office, (13 per cent)
  • Having 35 days of annual leave a year (13 per cent)
  • Being able to travel abroad for work, (11 per cent)
  • Having a company car, (7 per cent)
  • Being in charge of hiring and firing, (5 per cent)
  • Having their own PA, (5 per cent)


Research also found that more women than men see working from home as a sign of success, (27 per cent vs 17 per cent).

However, more men than women, with 41 per cent vs 29 per cent, favour earning over £50,000 a year.

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, said:

It’s great for your employees to have clear goals at work, but it’s important for them to be realistic; otherwise they may leave your business in search of something that better matches their needs.

If in doubt, ensure that you talk to your employees about their aspirations. They’ll be keen to find out whether you’ll be able to meet their objectives and you’ll gain a better understanding of what they want from their career.

Naturally, every employee will have their own objectives when it comes to work and what they want to achieve; and these might not always align with what you’re able to offer. However, it’s important to be transparent. With the New Year a matter of days away, now’s a great time to take stock of what you currently offer to your employees and ensure that you’re showcasing this throughout your hiring process.

CV-Library asked the opinions of 2,000 UK employees to put together these results.