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Workers in the capital city are the most unhappy with their current job and think about trying to find another role at least once a day whilst workers in the South West of England are the happiest in their work according to research from the UK’s first independent recruitment agency scoring website.

Research from the UK’s largest independent recruitment-agency scoring company has revealed that workers in the London region are the unhappiest employees across the entire UK.

HireScores found 74% of London based workers said that they think about trying to find a new job at least once a day. In direct contrast, in line with its leafy surroundings, workers in the South West say that they are the happiest in their work with only 11% saying that they were unhappy and 52% saying that they never look for other jobs.

Just under 1700 people took part in the survey and by looking at the amount of people who said that they thought about trying to find a new job once a day every day, HireScores was able to draw up a league table that charts the unhappiest working regions in the UK.

The league table below shows the unhappiest region at the top and the happiest towards the bottom.

1. London – 74%
2. South East – 69%
3. NI – 51%
4. North East – 48%
5. Midlands – 36%
6. Wales – 32%
7. North West – 27%
8. Scotland – 18%
9. South West – 11%

In addition, when asked the question; “What would be your manager’s response to you leaving your job”, 37% said that they thought their manager would try to find out why they were leaving and 29% said that they thought their manager would be offended.

Furthermore, 21% of respondents thought that the manager may start organising a party to celebrate them leaving and just over 10% said that their manager would try to find a way to keep them in the role.

Speaking about the research the Managing Director of HireScores, Lisette Howlett said,

“Despite its pockets of wealthy areas and high paying jobs it looks as though London is a place where the majority of workers are actually unhappy with their current employment and this may be due to a combination of factors such as the high cost of living, potential poor work life balance and current uncertainty about jobs due to the sudden financial downturn”.

“The South West is famous for having an allegedly more relaxed way of life and this is evident from the research. We found that workers were, on the whole, much more positive about their current employer and were not always looking round for a better job”

She continued, “We commissioned the research in an effort to find the regions we should be targeting when it came to helping potential job hunters find the best agencies to work with and I admit to being quite surprised to see London at the top of the table when it came to being unhappy at work”.

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Editors Notes:

For further information contact, 01452 527898, 10 Yetis Public Relations Agency.

About HireScores:

- Hire Scores website is totally independent and not linked to a job board or recruiter which makes it ideally placed to provide such information

- Hire Scores is committed to fair feedback with checks and balances in place to support this

- Free to use for all with a strong and growing knowledge centre

- Lisette has over 20 years industry experience with such firms as ICI, Zeneca/AstraZeneca and Syngenta as well as local government and the public sector.

- Hire Scores is about creating a community in the recruitment and working space supported by a forum which uniquely seeks to bring together all the elements involved in recruitment and work – workers, agencies and employees.

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