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UK – More than a third of workers dislike their job

19 November 2018

Over a third, or 39.7%, of UK workers, confess to disliking their current job, according to research from CV-Library.

The research, based on a survey of 1,100 workers, found that 63.2% of those who dislike their job think about quitting every day.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, commented, “As we approach the end of the year, many workers begin to consider whether it’s time for a career change, perhaps even making work-based resolutions for the year ahead. While this can be beneficial for businesses, for example, if an employee’s career goals are to exceed their targets or to gain promotion in their current workplace, it can also have a negative impact if your employees are planning on finding a new job, elsewhere.”

The survey also sought to understand why workers were so unhappy in their current roles, identifying the main cause as feeling undervalued (48.8%). Other reasons include not being in the role they want (47.9%), working at a company with a poor culture (34.8%), being underpaid (29.3%) and being bored at work (28.6%).

The survey uncovered the areas across the UK where professionals disliked their jobs the most:

  1. Sheffield – 56.7% dislike their current job
  2. Liverpool – 51.6% dislike their current job
  3. Brighton – 50% dislike their current job
  4. Bristol – 48% dislike their current job
  5. Southampton – 47.1% dislike their current job
  6. Newcastle – 44.4% dislike their current job
  7. Nottingham – 42.9% dislike their current job
  8. Manchester - 41.9% dislike their current job
  9. Bournemouth – 41% dislike their current job
  10. Edinburgh – 40.6% dislike their current job

“It’s clear job satisfaction is important to today’s professionals, and employers need to ensure they’re doing all they can to meet the needs of their employees,” Biggins said. “Creating a great company culture is key, but you must also consider ways to keep your workforce engaged and show how much you value them. These don’t have to be at a huge expense to your business, but it’s vital that you take this into consideration if you hope to retain talented workers in the New Year.”


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