Over half of professionals aren't happy in their jobs - CV Library survey shows

  • February 20, 2018

Recent research from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job site, has found that the majority of UK professionals have fallen out of love with their jobs. In fact, over half (55.6%) confessed that they aren’t happy in their current roles, despite 92.7% believing that it’s important to love what you do.

The survey of over 1,200 workers sought to reveal how professionals felt about their current jobs.  Despite many being unhappy in their roles, over half (57.4%) agreed that quitting isn’t always the best solution. When asked to identify why they dislike their positions, respondents cited the following:

  1. Not being paid enough – 38.9%
  2. No room for progression – 32.6%
  3. Poor company culture – 30.8%
  4. Poor work-life balance – 21.8%
  5. Boring daily routine – 18.7%
  6. Disliking the working hours – 15.3%
  7. Disliking the boss – 14.9%
  8. Having a long commute – 13.6%
  9. Disliking colleagues – 5%
  10. Issues in private life affecting work life – 4.8%

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

“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.”

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