What an unhappy bunch we are


CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job site, has released statistics that give us all food for thought. And with 2018 just around the corner, it could mean a new job is on many of our new year’s resolution lists.

Their recent study shows that 39.9% of 1,200 surveyed said that they were unhappy in their current role. And, consequently, that these workers were looking for a new job. What’s more 68.8% of those who took the survey have had a job that made them miserable at some point in their career.

The industries that highlighted they were most affected by low job satisfaction were marketing – 57.1%,  legal – 54.5%, hospitality – 53.3%,  accounting – 50%,  IT – 50%,  recruitment – 46.2%, engineering – 44.8%, charity – 43.8%, agriculture – 42.9% and retail – 42.1%

As to the ‘why’ people are so dissatisfied, the top reason was that they’re unfulfilled by the work that they’re doing (34.9%). 33.7% felt let down by the lack of development opportunities available to them and 11.3% don’t like the company they work for. The emotions most closely linked to their roles were anger (44.2%), fatigue (42.4%), boredom (39.2%), judgement (29.6%) and sadness (26.2%).

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: It’s concerning to learn that so many professionals are unhappy in their current roles. However, your career is your own and you should treat it as such. 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! If you’ve experienced anger, boredom, sadness or any other negative emotions as a result of your job it’s time to shake it up, or call it quits.”

And we couldn’t agree more. In the words of Confucius, ‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’  Nicely put, Sir. Here’s to a happier 2018 for all those not heeding his advice.



Thursday, 16 November 2017

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Anonymous Date: Nov 16, 2017

Whilst I have no issues with CV, and use them actually, my issue is more with the survey they have done. a) 1,200 people, out of 12,000,000 CVs, so just 0.01% - isnt that a bit small to make a serious judgement on the outcome? b) 68.8% people, at some point, were unhappy with their career - be nice to know the actual wording of the question, but surely this is just stating the "bleedin obvious" - as surely with the current economic issues etc, many people have at some point not been happy in their current job/career. Other aspects stated above are interesting, just not too sure in this current climate of stagnant wages etc, that this was needed. And if it was needed, surely speaking with more than 0.01% would be advisable.

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