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Hate your Job? You’re Not Alone: Majority of Workers are Looking for a New Role this January


Feeling down about your job this Blue Monday? New research suggests that you’re not alone, as the majority of UK workers (84.4%) are currently looking for a new role. The news comes from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, which also revealed that over a third of workers (35.8%) dislike their current job.

The study, which explored the attitudes of 1,500 UK workers, also found that this is a topic that is on workers’ minds more often than you’d think, with a third (35.1%) of workers admitting to thinking about quitting their job frequently or often. The top ten reasons behind this include:

  1. Bad management (47.3%)
  2. Being underpaid (33%)
  3. No development opportunities (31.2%)
  4. Being undervalued (30.5%)
  5. It’s boring (24.1%)
  6. Poor work/life balance (21.3%)
  7. Being too stressed (20.3%)
  8. The workload is too high (17%)
  9. Not liking their boss (11.3%)

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library:

“The months following Christmas are always hard, so it’s not surprising to hear that the vast majority of the nations’ workers will be looking for a new role this January. With a New Year ahead of us, the job market is set for a boom, as many candidates look for roles which will better fulfil their careers, and enable them to escape some of the areas that make them dislike their current job so much.”

Furthermore, over two thirds (69.3%), of workers think that their boss has an impact on how much they like / dislike their job. The survey went on to ask respondents what they would say to their boss if they could tell them one thing (and face no repercussions). Some of the responses included:

  • “Stop being so grumpy and rude!”
  • “Please can I have a pay rise?”
  • “Can I have your job?”
  • “Appreciate your staff more and treat them how you would like to be treated”
  • “Stop getting so involved in my work. Take a back seat and trust me to do my job”
  • “Be more open and honest with me about what’s really going on with the business”
  • “Treat your staff like humans, not another cog in a wheel!”
  •  “Employ more staff. We are very overworked”
  • “Man up and take some responsibility”

Biggins continues:

“A bad manager can have a profound effect on how much you like, or dislike, your job. If you are looking for work at the moment, it’s important to think about the areas that are most important to you and ensure that you address them, if appropriate, during the screening or interview process. We spend so much of our time at work, so it’s important that you’re doing something that you love, or at the very least, don’t hate!”

Finally, for those that aren’t looking for a new job, workers cited the main reasons behind this as being too comfortable in their current role (10.4%) and being promised improvements from their current employer (9%). A further 4% said that they couldn’t be bothered to search for a new job.

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CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites, with the UK’s biggest database of over 12m CVs. The company was founded in 2000 as a response to Lee’s identification of a market niche. As a young carpet fitter at the time struggling to find work, Lee saw a need for an easy-to-use job board benefiting both job hunters and recruiters. With a £9k loan and help from a web developer, the CV-Library website was built. Lee’s raw passion and hands-on marketing strategies lifted the business off the ground and it is this that continues to push his company to new heights.

The business is now one of the fastest growing websites in the country. The team is expanding rapidly, now employing over 200 staff. It has also launched sister website, Resume Library, in the US, where the company is set to expand and take the brand global over the coming years. Lee puts the reason for his success down to working incredibly hard, loving what he does and a strong desire to make the business the best it can be.

Lee has received over 50 awards and accolades to date and was last year recognised as Entrepreneur of the Year. In April 2015 CV-Library was also ranked as number 49 in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100.


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