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UK – Majority of employees happy at work

16 July 2013

Workers in North-West England are the most satisfied with their current job, according to a survey by recruiter REED. Across the UK as a whole, job satisfaction rose +10% from the beginning of the year to 67% of employees reporting that they were satisfied or very satisfied. 

Positivity is at its highest in Greater London (69%), the South East (67.3%), and Scotland (71.6%). Workers in London (46.6%) felt that jobs would most likely be created in their region. In comparison, only 23.6% of workers in Wales felt that there would be they would experience a positive impact on the economy.

Job seeking is at its highest in the East of England, with 50% of respondents admitting that they are looking for work. Workers in Scotland (30.2%) are least likely to actively seek work in the coming 12 months.

“It is encouraging to see this continued upward trend in confidence and satisfaction since the start of the year. The level of job seekers has held firm since the start of the year and together this builds a picture of a more stable and buoyant labour market, which is good news for employers and employees alike,” said Tom Lovell, REED’s managing director.

The survey also showed a decline in employee rewards, with 32% of workers receiving a pay rise in the last 12 months, compared to 39% in January. South-East England and Scotland had the highest percentage of pay rise, with 40.7% and 38.5% respectively. Workers in the Midlands (26.1%) and the North-West (2.6%) reported the lowest levels of pay rise.

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