One out of four Brit employees are ”unhappy with their jobs”

September 1st, 2008 - 3:01 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Sept 1 (ANI): One in four Brit employees are not happy with their jobs, according to a new survey.

A poll carried out by YouGov on behalf of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) also found that one in three workers do not feel engaged by their employer.

The report, What Workers Want, is based on a survey of 2,850 working people in the UK and comes ahead of the 140th TUC congress, which opens next week in Brighton.

The poll showed that increased workload was the main reason for frustration, cited by 46 per cent of respondents, while 42 per cent complained of pay not keeping up with the cost of living.

Two in five reported increased stress levels and 23 per cent of longer working hours.

During the survey, one in four said that their workplace had unfair pay structures; 31 per cent said they did not get paid the same amount as others doing the equivalent jobs elsewhere.

Almost a third, 30 per cent, complained of poor promotion prospects and 27 per cent said they were not given adequate levels of training.

The equivalent of three million people, 14 per cent, said that they had been bullied in their current job.

Other gripes included unsafe conditions, age discrimination and boring or repetitive work.

In the survey, almost all those questioned, 98 per cent, said that the top attribute they wanted from a job was fair pay. A third said they did not enjoy their work.

“There are some challenging figures here for British employers. And there are lessons here for politicians. They must speak to workplace issues,” the Independent quoted the TUC’’s general secretary, Brendan Barber, as saying. (ANI)

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