You might think that the hourly pay rate is the most important factor when it comes down to accepting or turning down a part time job in an office.

But maybe that isn’t the case according to new research from e-commerce firm

The retailer surveyed 1,000 people in a mix of full and part time office jobs and found that exactly half of them said that location was the main reason they would knock back a job offer. The other most important factors revolved around the workspace environment which job seekers encountered when they went for job interviews in situ.

Here are the top five reasons given for rejecting the offer of an office job in the UK:

  1. Location (50%)
  2. Outdated décor (41%)
  3. Lack of natural lighting (38%)
  4. Broken/old furniture (32%)
  5. Dirty/unhygienic workspace (32%)

Commenting on the findings,’s marketing manager, Mark Kelly, said: “The data shows that companies need to pay attention to much more than salaries and benefits when trying to attract top talent. The average UK worker spends 8,060 hours a year at work so it’s understandable that the environment can be a deal maker or breaker for many. Employers looking to attract the most talented staff in their field should keep this in mind when inviting candidates to interview.”

“It’s not so easy to change the location of the office, however they can ensure that there are on-site catering facilities and breakout areas for lunch and even arrange car pools or an employee bus service that connects to local transport links. Also ensuring the space is always kept clean and tidy, furniture is in good condition and the décor feels fresh and modern is a great place to start,” added Mr Kelly.

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