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A third of British workers say their job is ‘meaningless’

Over a third of British workers have said that their job is making no meaningful contribution to the world

Over a third of British workers have said that their job is making no meaningful contribution to the world – however most of them aren’t looking for another one.

Research from YouGov found that 37 per cent of working British adults say that their job is not making a contribution to the world, with half of those questioned saying that their job is meaningful. 13 per cent said that they were unsure.

Men are more likely to find their jobs meaningless, with 42 per cent of those surveyed saying that, compared to 32 per cent of women.

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However despite this, the majority of those with ‘meaningless’ jobs say that it’s unlikely that they will change jobs in the next 12 months, with 53 per cent of those interviewed saying that they won’t change jobs, compared to 35 per cent who suggested they might.

Londoners are they most likely regional group to say that their jobs are unfulfilling (41 per cent), while the Midlands and Wales have highest levels of job fulfilment (67 per cent).

The research also revealed that working class people are slightly more likely than middle class people in saying that their jobs are unfulfilling, with 39 per cent of those surveyed saying their jobs were unfulfilling compared to 30 per cent.

The survey also asked if British workers find their jobs personally fulfilling, and a similar portion (33%) say they do not. 63% say their job is fulfilling, although only 18% say it is very fulfilling.

Londoners are the most likely regional grouping to say their jobs are unfulfilling (41%), while the Midlands and Wales have the highest levels of job fulfilment (67% fulfilled, 26% not). Working class people are slightly more likely than middle class people to say their jobs are unfulfilling (39% compared to 30%).

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