Majority of Brits believe contacts are crucial to business success – no matter how hard they work

A WHOPPING four in five Brits believe that success is down to who you know, not what you know, according to a new study.

The findings revealed how 80-percent of those polled believe that no matter how hard they graft, workers with better business contacts will always stay ahead in the rat race.

The study found an enormous 68-percent of Britons believe contacts are crucial to landing a job.

While a fed-up 58-percent felt colleagues even use chums to get a tasty promotion.

Half believed contacts were vital to getting valuable work experience while 54-percent even argued contacts help you get on guestlists for networking, which help further one's career.

Despite the gloomy outlook, 84-percent admitted they prefer to know they have earned something for who they are rather than who they know.

While over a quarter of those who landed jobs through buddies admitted to feeling guilty for those that lost out as a result.

But a third of Brits argued that despite the leg up from contacts, they felt they had to work harder to prove themselves.

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It comes as 71-percent of 18- to-24-year-olds feel it’s unfair when people aren’t given a chance at a job because they don’t know someone in the company.

Karen Handley, head of future careers at Virgin Media O2, said: “We know how difficult it can be for people – especially youngsters starting out – to get a foot on the career ladder.

“That’s why it’s a real shame the research shows that many people believe “it’s who you know” that counts when applying for a job."

The research of 2,000 Brits from OnePoll was commissioned by Virgin Media O2 as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

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