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16 January 2019
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25 per cent say the job affects their mental health © iStock-

9 May 2018 Herpreet Kaur Grewal


Two-thirds of workers (64 per cent) are satisfied with their job overall, with just one in five (18 per cent) dissatisfied, according to the UK Working Lives survey by the CIPD.


One in 10 (11 per cent) report regularly feeling miserable at work and one in four workers (25 per cent) feel their job negatively affects their mental health, while nearly a third (30 per cent) say their workload is too much.


More than a quarter (28 per cent) of senior leaders say that they find it difficult to fulfil personal commitments because of their job.


One in four workers (27 per cent) say that their job does not offer good opportunities to develop their skills, jumping to two in five (43per cent) among unskilled and casual workers.


Among those in low-skilled jobs, more than a third (37 per cent) say they have not received any training over the past year.


The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, says the survey represents the first comprehensive measure of job quality in the UK, across the workforce at all levels, sectors and regions.


Combining previous research on the factors that affect job quality with a 6,000 sample survey, representative of the whole UK workforce, the results show that while overall headline satisfaction with work and jobs is reasonable, there are significant numbers who feel differently, and importantly some major systemic issues with overwork, stress and a lack of training and development.


Peter Cheese, chief executive of the CIPD, said: “The government has been clear that it wants to improve job quality in the UK, but in order to create quality jobs you have to be able to know one when you see one. We have a record number of people in work, but we have to make sure that we have quality as well as quantity, and that means making sure every job is a good job. That is why we have undertaken the first comprehensive measure to help understand and clearly map job quality in the UK.”