HR · 20 November 2018

Revealed: The UK cities where workers are most likely to hate their jobs

Shoppers queue outside a fancy dress shop ahead of Halloween in Sheffield, Yorkshire

Sheffield has many things going for it, from the many great tunes of Pulp and the Human League to football clubs with a long and proud history in United and Wednesday.

However, according to a new survey, it is also the city in the UK where workers are most likely to hate their jobs.

The CV-Library research discovered that 56.7% of workers in Sheffield dislike their current job, just above the 51.6% in Liverpool, 50% in Brighton and 48% in Bristol.

Making up the top 10 were Southampton, Newcastle, Nottingham, Manchester, Bournemouth and Edinburgh.

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Over a third – 39.7% – of Brits confessed to disliking their current job, with two thirds so disgruntled that they think about quitting every day.

The UK cities where workers are most likely to hate their jobs

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

The survey revealed that the main reason workers felt so unhappy in their current roles was that they felt undervalued. Other reasons included not being in the role they want, working at a company with a poor culture, being underpaid and being bored at work.

“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 a promotion in their current workplace, it can also have a negative impact if your employees are planning on finding a new job, elsewhere,” said Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library.

“Its 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. 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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