More than half of British workers are unhappy in their jobs


February 2018

Inadequate pay, lack of career progression and poor company culture were among the main reasons given as to why more than half of UK workers surveyed are unhappy in their jobs. The research, conducted by CV Library, revealed that 55.6 per cent of British employees are dissatisfied with their current roles. Around 1,200 workers were surveyed for the study.

It concluded that 38.9 per cent sited poor salaries as the reason they disliked their jobs. A further 32.6 per cent said the lack of space for furthering their careers got them down, while 30.8 per cent said bad company culture was to blame. Other reasons included poor work-life balance (21.8 per cent), boring daily routine (18.7 per cent), disliking the working hours (15.3 per cent), disliking the boss (14.9 per cent), having a long commute (13.6 per cent), disliking colleagues (5 per cent) and having issues in private life affecting work life (4.8 per cent).

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV Library, labelled the figures “worrying”. “Job satisfaction plays an important part of keeping staff motivated and productive,” he continued. “As an employer, it’s vital that you are able to spot the signs of dissatisfaction or low morale and combat these issues right away. Tackling these early on can help to get staff back on track and start enjoying their work again.

 Giving advice to companies on how to improve the satisfaction of their workers, Mr Biggins added: “Be sure that you’re offering fair and competitive packages and that these tie in with creating a great working environment. “Hosting social events is a great way to help staff blow off steam and build good relationships with their co-workers. This also goes a long way towards creating a great company culture.”

There were also some positives to come out of CV Library’s research. The survey findings weren’t all bad news, however. Over half of professionals admitted to being hopeful of improving their current jobs by taking positive steps before handing in their notice. Meanwhile, 63.9 per cent felt the best way to begin improvements would be to speak to their managers.


Top 10 reasons Brits dislike their jobs

1)  Poor salaries

2) No career progression

3) Bad company culture

4) Poor work-life balance

5) Boring daily routine

6) Dislike working hours

7) Dislike the boss

8) Long commute

9) Disliking colleagues

10) Issues in private life affecting work life

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