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A Third of UK Employees Unhappy in Their Job: Poll

Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011 | 5:16 AM ET

A third of employees in the UK are unhappy in their jobs, while just over a fifth declare that they "love" they position, a new poll released Tuesday showed.

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Online HR consultancy Reabur.com conducted a study of 1,271 people in the UK in full time employment to see how happy they were in their current position.

The results showed that only one in 10 Britons landed their "dream job" while 31 percent said they were "unhappy" at work and 7 percent said they "hated" their current job.

"It is concerning to see that so many of the respondents are unhappy in their job and even worse that some hate their current work," Georgina Read, Co-Managing Director of Reabur.com, said in a statement.

Of the 31 percent who said they were unhappy, 34 percent said this was because they were bored, 29 percent said that was because their role wasn't "challenging" enough, and 12 percent said they were unhappy because their position was too difficult.

"It really is important to be happy and motivated when at work; not only is life too short to be unhappy, but it is likely to reflect in your personal life as well. If you are finding that you are demotivated at work, it is worth asking your manager for a challenge," Read said.

In the survey, 22 percent of respondents said they "love" their current job and a further 12 percent stated that they felt "impartial" toward it; 25 percent of the respondents said they felt "happy" in their current career.

What Makes Firms Attractive?

Another survey carried out by recruitment and HR services company Randstad showed that, while employers in Britain complain about a shortage of skills, they fail to identify the skills of many of their existing employees.

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The survey was based on research of over 200 organizations and 1,400 employees and it showed that 44 percent of workers said their skills were being underutilized while 38 percent of UK firms complained that skills shortages have a negative impact on their operational performance and 40 percent said these shortages impacted their ability to develop and innovate.

The survey also discovered that UK companies do not understand what makes them attractive to employees.

According to Randstad, for workers the first priority is to do meaningful work, closely followed by competitive remuneration but companies ranked these as only fifth and fourth respectively in the order of importance, considering employer brand and business values as their most attractive attributes.

The first priority for employees is the opportunity to perform meaningful work, closely followed by competitive levels of remuneration, but organizations rank these only fifth and fourth respectively, believing their employer brand and business values are their most attractive attributes.