Two out of five people in professional jobs in the UK are unhappy

Ross McGuinness

Two out of five people in professional jobs are unhappy, partly because of boredom, fatigue or anger, a study shows.

A survey of 1,200 employees by jobs site CV-Library found that most were looking for a new job.

The industries most affected by low job satisfaction were marketing, legal, hospitality, accounting and computing, said the report.

British workers are stressed (Picture: Rex)
British workers are stressed (Picture: Rex)

Lee Biggins of CV-Library said it was concerning to discover that so many professional staff were unhappy.

“We spend too much time at work to not enjoy what we do, so if your job is making you miserable, it’s time to do something about it,” he said.

“Don’t just wait for employers to come to you, stay pro-active and positive, and apply for jobs daily. Never give up.”

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Researchers at CV-Library also found that 85% of workers admit that looking for a new job makes them feel stressed.

Mr Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “Workplace stress is something we often hear about, but very rarely do we talk about the stress that can be caused as a result of job hunting.

“These feelings are very real, and it’s clear from the data that the nation’s professionals can become extremely disheartened when the job search becomes overwhelming. Looking for a new job is an exciting time, but the strain of the search is detracting from this experience.”

Workers in the UK are far from content (Picture: Rex)
Workers in the UK are far from content (Picture: Rex)

Almost half of workers (44%) said recruiters should always offer feedback, and a further 36% said candidates should always be sent an acknowledgment email, even if their application isn’t successful.

Mr Biggins said: “It’s clear from the data that job hunters are becoming increasingly put out by not hearing back from their applications.

“If you haven’t had any feedback, don’t be afraid to send recruiters a follow up email, or better yet, give them a call. Asking for feedback is a great way to improve your techniques next time round.”

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