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UK – 10 million people professionally unfulfilled

10 October 2013

Britain’s workers are amongst the least professionally fulfilled in Europe and the English speaking world, according to a new report released today by recruitment firm Randstad. When asked how satisfied they were with their current employers, only 67% of British workers reported that they were satisfied.

With an estimated 30 million workers in Britain, this result indicates that approximately 10 million people are unsatisfied and unfulfilled at work.

British workers scored lower in terms of satisfaction compared with France and Germany, both with 68%, and the Netherlands (73%) and Belgium (74%). Compared with other English-speaking countries, Britain lags behind Australia (70%), New Zealand (73%), the United States (74%), and Canada (77%).

Randstad, the world’s second largest staffing firm according to research from Staffing Industry Analysts, yesterday launched their campaign ‘How I Became’, looking at professional fulfilment and how to achieve it.

Mark Bull, CEO of Randstad UK, commented: We are issuing a rallying call to employers to join us in action to address the state of fulfilment at work in the UK. Our report is designed to provoke debate, and we have identified a number of practical solutions to these issues, and give employers an outline of what needs to change going forward to increase the professional fulfilment of their workforce. Our campaign for employees ‘How I Became’ is designed to help and inspire everyone to be more fulfilled.”

Hire more older and younger workers – Having surveyed 2,000 workers in the UK, it is clear from the research that professional fulfilment is at its highest among those at the start or end of their career. More than two thirds (67%) of 18 to 24 year olds feel fulfilled in their professional lives, as do two thirds (66%) of those aged above 55.

Close the gender gap – Women are more likely to be professionally fulfilled than men. A higher proportion of women feel very fulfilled compared to men, 17% versus 16%. More men than women say that they are not professionally fulfilled, 39% versus 38%.  

Increase variety – A mix of tasks is important to psychological wellbeing in the workplace. According to Randstad, internal secondments can represent valuable opportunities to introduce more variety into an employee’s career, as well as providing an opportunity to learn new skills.

More information on this campaign can be found by clicking here.


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