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The ten most miserable jobs, as ranked by employees

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Workwear Express has surveyed 1,020 adults currently in employment throughout the UK to find out how happy employees really are.

The research shows that just under 35 per cent say that they are happy at work, with only 14 per cent say that they plan to stay in their current job for the next year.

More worryingly, just under 39 per cent of Brits admit that they feel miserable at work and this appears to be reflected in the amount of sickness that employees take, with 25 per cent admitting that they’ve taken sick leave from work due to being so unhappy.

But what are the most miserable jobs to work in? The survey ranks the top ten as:

  1. Call centre adviser – 29 per cent
  2. Accountant – 18 per cent
  3. Bin man – 15 per cent
  4. Cleaner – 14 per cent
  5. Banker – 9 per cent
  6. Waiting staff – 7 per cent
  7. Army officer – 7 per cent
  8. Shop assistant – 6 per cent
  9. Social worker – 5 per cent
  10. Doctor’s receptionist – 4 per cent

Cause and effect

There are lots of reasons that a person might not enjoy their job, from working long hours to dealing with difficult people. 

So what’s the underlying cause of the nation’s unhappy workforce? It appears that poor management is the biggest contributor to an employee’s low sense of satisfaction at work.

Just over 31 per cent of those polled agree that being badly managed is their biggest issue in the workplace. However, having a heavy workload is a close second, with 29 per cent of Brits citing this as the reason for their unhappiness.

With high volumes of workload being poorly managed, it’s little wonder that so many Brits are unhappy at work.

Trouble in different sectors

While poor management appears to be the underlying cause of so many of the nation’s work troubles, 28 per cent of those in a management role say that they are unhappy with their job. Additionally, as many as 28 per cent of managers say that they feel stressed all the time at work.

But unhappiness appears to be most prevalent in the nation’s call centres, where 29 per cent of advisors were found to be the most miserable in their line of work.

On the other end of the scale, therapists were found to be the happiest workers, with more than half of those polled saying they enjoyed their jobs.

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