Britain’s unhappy workforce

A new study commissioned by recruitment website,, has found that a third of workers are unhappy with their jobs.


The study shows that overall job satisfaction is low throughout the UK, with many employees believing that they chose the wrong career. Almost 1 in 10 say that their chosen profession is the biggest regret in their life. 17% say that they wish they had “followed their dreams instead.”

Only 39% of those surveyed by are “genuinely happy in their career”, with 24% claiming to have just fallen into their current line of work.

Of the 36% who are unhappy at work, only one in seven are actively seeking new employment. Fourteen percent wish they had chosen an entirely different career, whilst 11 per cent are putting up with it for the time being but want to switch to a ‘more fulfilling career’ later in life.

In particular, those working in retail are most likely to be searching out a new job, with 26% claiming to be trying to change careers. Retail is closely followed by the transport industry (23%) and healthcare professionals such as doctors or nurses (21%).

Andy Pickles, CEO of online careers service Start said: “Many of us end up in a job we don’t enjoy because of decisions we make at a young age, whether that be choosing the wrong subjects or not having enough guidance at school. It’s disappointing that a quarter of people say they have ‘fallen’ into a role but so often we leave school without a real sense of direction.

“Interestingly, a third of respondents said their parents had provided the most influence on their careers, meaning for those of us with children, we play an important part in their future. By ensuring young people have accessible and relevant information, we can empower the next generation into careers which will help build our economy and, hopefully, a happier workforce.”


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