Government figures show IT is more boring than accountancy

IT is the fifth most boring profession in the UK. It ranks as being more boring than engineering, banking and accountancy according to the Workforce Boredom Index produced by a government quango.

With a boredom rating of 7.5 out of 10, IT/telecommunications lags far behind teaching, with an index of 4, and hospitality, with an index of 5.3. It is also behind law, with an index of 6.9. The most boring trade is administrative/secretarial work, which receives a boredom rating of 10 out of 10.

The survey was carried out by market research firm PCP, which talked to over 2,000 graduate employees aged from 21 to 45 years old.

The research found that teachers were the least bored of the surveyed professions. The body which commissioned the research is The Training and Development Agency for Schools, which trains teachers and encourages people into the teaching profession.

"There's a particular need for more people to train to teach maths and science and there are still places available on courses starting this September," said Michael day, executive director at the TDA.

The figures were arrived at by asking workers to what extent they often felt bored at work. The most boring group, admin and secretarial, were given a score of 10 and the others worked out as a proportion of that score.

Other sectors to fare badly were manufacturing, sales and marketing and advertising.