Three out of four people are unhappy at work, but many will not bother looking for another job for at least a year, according to a new study.
A survey of 2,600 people showed how “rough” the past year had been, with 40% suffering work-related stress, around one in eight having their pay cut, a third being made redundant and a similar number being overlooked for promotion.
One in five of those questioned by online recruitment firm Monster.co.uk said they would wait to look for a new job, partly because they did not believe there were enough vacancies around.
Workers in sales were least satisfied with their jobs, while those in engineering, hospitality, tourism, manufacturing and transport were among the happiest.
Isabelle Ratinaud of Monster.co.uk said: “It’s really quite concerning to see how unhappy people are in their jobs, and how scared they are to change their situation. It is clear that the economic climate has had an impact on career confidence.
“With recent figures showing a contraction in the economy and the ongoing impacts of austerity cuts to public spending looming, one could be forgiven for thinking that change is not going to happen any time soon.”
Monster said there had been an increase in recent weeks in job vacancies.