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UK professionals aren't feeling the love this Valentine's Day, with 55.6% revealing that they want to break up with their job

Although Brits might be content with their love lives this Valentine’s Day, over half (55.6%) of UK professionals are unhappy in their current job.

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Shockingly, 42.6% of the population believed that the best solution to unhappiness in the workplace would be quitting. That’s according to the latest survey from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job site.

The survey asked 1,200 UK professionals how they felt about their current job and what the main drivers behind this were. As such, the top ten causes of unhappiness in the workplace emerged as follows:

  • Not being paid enough (42.9%)
  • No room for progression (38.7%)
  • Poor company culture (33.4%)
  • Poor work life balance (26.7%)
  • Boring daily routine (22.1%)
  • Not liking their working hours (17.3%)
  • Not liking their boss (15.9%)
  • Having a long commute (14.6%)
  • Not liking their colleagues (8.3%)
  • Work affecting their private life (5.9%)

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, comments: 

“It’s normal to have parts of your job that irritate you, especially if you’re working in a stressful environment. However, if these grievances are making you dread going to the office in the morning, then get to the root of the problem. Set aside some time to work out whether it’s your career choice which is making you miserable, or just the environment that you’re in.”

Drastically, over half of professionals (55.3%) believe that it’s best to start looking for a new job if you’re unhappy at work. Despite this, 56.1% said that people give up on their job too easily, listing the following as their top advice to those thinking of quitting:

  • Take positive steps to improve the situation (53.1%)
  • Remember it could just be a rough patch (35.2%)
  • Be honest with your manager (20.3%)
  • Try not to let your private life affect work (12.5%)

Biggins concludes: 

“Before you decide to move on from a job, make sure that you’ve really thought through your decision. Especially if you’ve just started a new position, as it can take months to really settle into a routine. 

“Alternatively, if you’ve spent years at a job and are bored of routine, then try switching things up. Although some parts of your job may be out of your control, create opportunities for yourself. Seeking out new responsibilities could even lead to a promotion!”  

About CV-Library

CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites and attracts over 4.3 million unique job seekers every month. Founded by Lee Biggins in 2000, CV-Library is the UK’s leading independent online job board with a database of over 13 million CVs.