Which is the most boring profession?

Salary benchmarking site Emolument.com asked 1,300 professionals the question on everyone’s lips – are you bored at work?

Despite good career prospects and salaries, results show that law professionals suffer from the most boredom with 8 out of 10 employees saying they are bored at work, followed by project managers – 78% of which cite boredom in their profession.

Research and Development had the best boredom ratio of the study with less than half describing their job as boring. Education split the crowd with 50% citing boredom – IT and Marketing both had under 60% of boredom.

Around 64% of Briton’s say that they’re bored at work, but we’re by no means the most bored. Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, Ireland, USA, Italy and UAE all beat the UK in the boredom stakes, with a massive 83% of UAE workers claiming boredom at work.

Interestingly, the seniority of employees didn’t seem to matter in certain professions, CEOs are just as bored as junior employees, or even pass their boredom on to junior staff!

Job Bored Not Bored
Legal Jobs 81% 19%
Project Management 78% 22%
Support Functions 71% 29%
Finance Control 68% 32%
Consulting & Accounting 67% 33%
Financial Services & Banking 67% 33%
Engineering 64% 36%
Sales 61% 39%
Marketing & Communications 60% 40%
IT 56% 44%
Human Resources 54% 46%
Education 50% 50%
Executive Management 49% 51%
Research & Development 45% 55%



Title Bored Not Bored
Entry Level 66% 34%
Junior Manager 65% 35%
Manager 64% 36%
Senior Manager 64% 36%
CEO, CTO, CFO 65% 35%


Boredom by Country

Country Bored Not Bored
UAE 83% 17%
Italy 83% 17%
USA 74% 26%
Singapore 70% 30%
Ireland 69% 31%
Spain 68% 32%
Hong Kong 65% 35%
UK 64% 36%
France 58% 42%
Switzerland 51% 49%


Alice Leguay, Co-Founder & COO at Emolument.com 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.’