One in five adults are unhappy with their career

Research finds a quarter of workers don’t like their current career and one in four adults think changing jobs would improve their mental health.

One in five (19 per cent) UK adults are dissatisfied with their careers, new research reveals.

A study carried out by energy comparison site, UK Power, questioned the nation to find out which areas of their life they are most unhappy with. The results are stark; a quarter of all adults are unhappy in their current job and one in five are unhappy with their overall career, although men (22 per cent) are more likely to feel this way than women (16 per cent).

Dissatisfaction with their day-to-day role (52 per cent) is the number one reason people wish they could switch jobs, followed closely by their salary (44 per cent). However, for one in five (20 per cent) it’s the level of seniority, not the career itself, they are unhappy with. Sadly, 13 per cent want to move roles because they dislike their boss.

The five cities where job satisfaction is at its lowest are:

1. Belfast (55 per cent)

2. Bristol (34 per cent)

3. London (34 per cent)

4. Nottingham (29 per cent)

5. Liverpool (28 per cent)

Interestingly, it seems that relationships act as a buffer to career dissatisfaction; singletons were more than twice as likely (23 per cent) than adults in a relationship (11 per cent) to be dissatisfied with their career.

UK Power asked those unhappy in their job how they thought moving roles would impact their lives. Half (50 per cent) thought changing careers would improve the quality of their life, while a third (33 per cent) felt doing so would improve their finances. Shockingly, 26 per cent felt their mental health would improve in a different role, highlighting the huge effect your job can have on your wellbeing.

Despite understanding the benefits moving careers can have, it seems it’s not that simple for many employees. The main reasons given for staying in a dissatisfactory role were:

Lack of finances available to support a career change (39 per cent)
Feeling like there is no better alternative (31 per cent)
Being scared they will regret their decision (26 per cent)
Feeling like they are a failure (24 per cent)
Too invested in their current career (12 per cent)

Nick Heath, head of insight at UK Power says, ‘We were interested to see which parts of their life people would most like to switch, and were surprised to see so many wishing they could change careers.

‘Having the resources available to help make informed decisions about changing any aspect of your life, however big or small, can be the difference between being unhappy, and having something to smile about. That’s why we pride ourselves on helping customers save money on their energy bills by cutting down on the jargon and gathering the best deals around.’

Further reading on enjoying your career

Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Owen Gough

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the and titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the

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