Brits now PREFER employees to have a tattoo

It has been revealed that more young people than ever have a tattoo, with around 30% of 18-35-year olds having at least one tattoo. It appears tattoos in the workplace are becoming normalised, with some peoples even preferring tattoos.

Theknowledgeacademy.com wanted to delve deeper and find out which professions people now prefer employees to have a tattoo.  

The Knowledge Academy conducted a survey on 1,265 people asking them the following question:

“Do you prefer employees with a tattoo in the following professions?”

PROFESSION % Prefer employees without a tattoo % Prefer employees with a tattoo % Do not mind either way
Fashion Designer 20% 65% 15%
Beauty industry careers 28% 43% 29%
Photographer 27% 25% 48%
Hairdresser 14% 21% 65%
Private Investigator 16% 17% 59%
Personal trainer 21% 16% 63%
Football Player 13% 16% 75%
Doctor 68% 9% 23%
Military careers  36% 8% 56%
Lawyer 63% 8% 29%
MPs 75% 2% 23%


The Knowledge Academy’s research revealed that 21% of people now prefer employees with a tattoo. 65% prefer fashion designers with a tattoo with most associating this with creativity and uniqueness (with similar results being found in beauty professions).

Unsurprisingly occupations within the legal, military or government segments still prefer employees without a tattoo (e.g. 75% of respondents prefer MPs without a tattoo). This supports data from Statista, which shows these occupations have the least percentage of tattooed workers.

Interestingly, respondents would rather see a tattooed private investigator than a personal trainer (17% preferred private investigators with a tattoo). This supports recent news that tattoos on private investigators can be beneficial in helping them blend into the public.  

According to statistics compiled from YouGov, smaller organisations are less likely to hire someone with a tattoo in comparison to larger organisations. Suggesting that larger organisations prefer employers with a tattoo, more so than smaller organisations.

Although results do depend on the tattoos visibility and/or if the tattoo contains offensive nature, it appears that, in some professions, people are now seeing tattooed workers in a very positive light.

Author: Editorial Team

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