HR · 27 September 2017

Retail staff among the most unhappy workers in Britain

Retail workers were within the five unhappiest workforces in Britain
Retail workers were within the five unhappiest workforces in Britain
Employees in Britain’s retail sector are some of the most unhappy workers in the country, according to new findings, with’salary politicscreating uncertaintywithin the workforce.

In a survey of 1, 000 workers across Britain, conducted by jobs site Adzuna, pay rates, stress levels and a lack of managerial support were considered to assess which sectors had the least satisfied workforce.

Overall, two in five respondents believed they were paid less than colleagues at for similar roles. In contrast, just six per cent thought they were earning more than their co-workers.

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Despite the evidence suggesting many workers felt underpaid, just 13.6 per cent of all respondents had successfully lobbied their employer for a pay increase.

Meanwhile, over half said they had no idea? how much their boss truly valued them, nor would discuss salaries with colleagues.

Britain’s five unhappiest workforces

  • Retail
  • Teacher
  • Charity
  • Social work
  • Property
Commenting on the findings, Doug Monro, Adzuna co-founder, said British workplaces were rife? with uncertainty over pay.

an ingrained lack of transparency over earnings and salary bandings has created a culture of conviction that others must be paid more than us, ” Monro added.

combined with a lack of knowledge of what our own skills are worth to employers in today’s job market, this spells a recipe for disaster for ambitious career builders.



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