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Accountants ‘uninspired’ by The Apprentice and Lord Sugar

Only a fifth would quit their jobs for a spot on the TV show

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Accountants are uninspired by the prospect of meeting Lord Sugar in TV’s best-known boardroom and only a fifth would quit their current job for a chance to appear on The Apprentice.

Now running on BBC One, the show pits would-be business leaders against one another in a battle to work with Alan Sugar but accountants are among the professionals least likely to resign to take their place among a dozen or so equally ambitious contestants.

Recruitment firm Marks Sattin polled almost 1,500 professionals and found only 21 percent of accountants were suitably inspired by The Apprentice as to quit their current post ahead of a new series that began this week.

First in Lord Sugar’s firing line and into a waiting taxi this year was the eager-to-impress accountant Edward Hunter, whose experience might well prove enough to convince even less finance experts to line up for next year’s competition.

“It’s possible accountants are particularly committed to their current roles but I think this has more to do with odds,” said Dave Way, managing director of Mark Sattin.

“Accountants are risk averse and the chances of actually winning don’t stack up well to anyone who considers the massive attrition rate in The Apprentice.”

According to the recruiter’s poll, around 45 percent of IT professionals would be happy enough to leave their current job for a chance to stride through the City as a contestant on the hugely popular show.


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