HR · 13 November 2017

Job dissatisfaction leaves one in four workers actively seeking a new role

Fatigue and boredom were some of the most common emotions experienced by unsettled employees
Fatigue and boredom were some of the most common emotions experienced by unsettled employees
Almost one in four UK professionals are so disillusioned with their current employment that they are actively seeking a new role, according to new survey findings that reveal new levels of job dissatisfaction within Britain’s workforce.

After polling 1, 200 British office workers, job site CV-Library found that 39.9 per cent of respondents were unhappy in their current role, of which 96.7 per cent admitted job hunting as a result.

Even those happily employed had experienced job dissatisfaction in the past. Overall, over two-thirds had at some point had a job that made them miserable.

So why is Britain’s workforce so unsettled? The biggest reason, cited by over a third of respondents, was that daily working life was unfulfilling, closely followed by a lack of development opportunities made available by their employer.

For 11.3 per cent, it came down to a simple dislike of the company.

As a result, the most common emotions experienced by employees were anger (44.2 per cent), fatigue (42.4 per cent), boredom (39.2 per cent), judgement (29.6 per cent) and sadness (26.2 per cent).

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Commenting on the research, CV-Library founder Lee Biggins said the high number of dissatisfied employees should be of concern to business owners.

while the prospect of a wave of candidates all looking for a new job is great if you’re recruiting, it’s less positive if you’re losing members of your workforce as a result, he warned.

we spend too much time at work to not enjoy what we do, so it’s important that your staff are feeling happy and productive. Otherwise you could find that your employees are looking elsewhere for a more fulfilling opportunity.

The ten industries most affected by low job satisfaction

  1. Marketing 57.1 per cent
  2. Legal 54.5 per cent
  3. Hospitality 53.3 per cent
  4. Accounting 50 per cent
  5. IT 50 per cent
  6. Recruitment 46.2 per cent
  7. Engineering 44.8 per cent
  8. Charity 43.8 per cent
  9. Agriculture 42.9 per cent
  10. Retail 42.1 per cent?
it’s clear that today’s workers place importance on job satisfaction and career progression, Biggins added.

make sure you’re offering regular opportunities for training and that promotions are given where staff deserve them. it’s also important that you create a happy and friendly environment for your staff. This will help to ensure you have a dedicated and long-standing workforce.



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