Trump tops the list of most ghoulish bosses this Halloween

American President Donald Trump named as the scariest celebrity boss to work for 

Lord Alan Sugar, star of the BBC’s The Apprentice and made famous by his ‘you’re fired!’ catchphrase, has divided opinion among employers and candidates. In a survey of 8,599 candidates and 268 recruiters, employers named him the celebrity most likely to make a “great boss” whilst candidates said he would be the most intimidating to be interviewed by according to new research by leading job board, totaljobs.

The majority of those surveyed (65 per cent of employers and 54 per cent of employees) named American President, and former star of The Apprentice USA, Donald Trump as the scariest boss to work for. The Trump administration, which remains in its infancy, has already gone through a Chief Strategist, a Chief of Staff, an FBI Director, a Deputy Assistant and two Communications Directors, so it is perhaps unsurprising that Trump should top the list. 

The top five scariest bosses that employees wouldn’t like to report into this Halloween:

  1. President Donald Trump (54 per cent)
  2. Lord Alan Sugar (44 per cent)
  3. Rupert Murdoch (26 per cent)
  4. Sir Alex Ferguson (25 per cent)
  5. Piers Morgan (25 per cent)

Scary and great?

Curiously, despite topping employers’ “great boss” to work for list, Lord Alan Sugar also placed second in the scariest boss to work for list, suggesting the fear factor is part of his appeal.

This trend certainly follows with second placed Sir Alex Ferguson. Last year the Manchester United manager’s most decorated player, Ryan Giggs, was quoted as saying: “Fergie was scary and even now he still scares me”.

A significant 36 per cent of employers said Lord Sugar would make a great boss, drawing Sir Alex Ferguson, who also got 36 per cent of the vote. There was a footballing connection in third place too, with Karren Brady, CEO of West Ham United, coming in third place (27 per cent).

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