Over Half of UK Workers Unhappy in their Jobs

  20th February 2018      
 Office & Commercial, Accounting & Finance, CIPD, Employment, Human Resources, IT & Software Solutions, Recruitment

Latest research from CV-Library has found that over half (55.6%) of professionals in the UK are not happy in their current roles, even though 92.7% believe that it’s important to love what you do.

The survey looked to reveal how professionals felt about their current jobs and despite the amount of professionals being unhappy in their roles, 57.4% still agreed that quitting isn’t always the best resolution. When asked to identify why they dislike their jobs the 1,200 workers questioned stated the following responses:


Not being paid enough – 38.9%

No room for progression – 32.6%

Poor company culture – 30.8%

Poor work-life balance – 21.8%

Boring daily routine – 18.7%

Disliking the working hours – 15.3%

Disliking the boss – 14.9%

Having a long commute – 13.6%

Disliking colleagues – 5%

Issues in private life affecting work life – 4.8%


Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, commented:

“It’s worrying to learn that so many professionals are unhappy in their current roles. Job satisfaction plays an important part of keeping staff motivated and productive. 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.

“It’s clear that company culture, pay and progression are important to professionals. 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.”

Interestingly, 53.1% of professionals said that you should always take positive steps to try and make things better before you give up on your job. Respondents revealed what they believe are the top ways to address problems at work, with speaking to your manager (63.9%) coming out on top. This was followed by reflecting on what’s making you unhappy (51.8%), putting yourself forward for new projects (26.7%) and speaking to a trusted colleague (25.5%).

Biggins concludes:

It’s great to see that professionals aren’t giving up without a fight, with many recognising that quitting is not always the answer. Being able to speak openly about your job is important and as such, employers need to keep the lines of communication open if they hope to address any issues in a timely and effective manner.”


Claire Bond, Director at Bond Williams Professional Recruitment says:

“It is common to take the odd wrong turn on a career path but being stuck in a job you dislike, or with a firm that isn’t challenging you or helping you advance in your chosen field, can be frustrating and draining. Regular reviews and training can help and employers should be encouraged to think flexibly, ensuring they understand employee’s career expectations and how best these can be fulfilled by their organisation, whilst recognising and supporting where this might not be possible.

This involves thinking less rigidly about job roles and instead developing a better understanding of the skills of their workforce and deploying them in more effective ways.”


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