Half of workers in the wrong job!

Is your job the right one for you? Two separate UK studies suggest that 1/2 of UK workers might be in the wrong job…or even the wrong career.

Study no. 1: almost half of UK workers in the wrong job

Our first study comes from the CIPD, as reported by HR Review. They found…

  • 49% of people don’t have the right skill-set to match their current role: either being under- or over-skilled for their job.
  • 37% fall into the ‘over-skilled’ category, able to take on ‘more demanding duties’ than their roles require.
  • Conversely, 12% are in positions that they are not fully equipped to carry out.

As you can see, this study views the right and wrong job as one based on an appropriate skill-set. The CIPD also shared some interesting findings surrounding educational level.

It is reported that we have one of the ‘most skilled workforces’  in the world, as 42% of people hold a degree-level qualification. That said, we are also the nation with the highest proportion of roles that do not require degrees (or, for that matter, any lower level qualifications!).

  • 1/3 of employees reported that although they need a degree in order to qualify for their job, they don’t actually need one to complete their role to an effective standard.
  • At the other end of the spectrum, even those with degrees could fall into the ‘under-skilled’ category for their particular role.

Do these findings matter? Does it all even out in the end? HR Review’s report would suggest that this skill-set disparity is an issue as it can have a negative consequence on employees’ satisfaction. And we all know how employees’ experiences also directly affect staff retention levels and business growth.

Study no. 2: half of British workers may be in the wrong career

Research conducted by First Direct (and published by the Independent) tackles the question of career satisfaction more directly. We hear…

  • More than 1/2 of respondents are unsure if they are in the right career. 47% do not enjoy their ‘current line of work’.
  • Additionally, 47% do not feel fulfilled by their career and 40% intend to change jobs within two years.
  • Many of the dissatisfied employees are considering alternative career paths.

These results are said to apply to all age groups/generations. What’s more, the motivation for change goes beyond pay rates and towards increased skills development and job satisfaction.

How to know whether you’re in the right job or career for you…

Here’s where things get really tricky. Do you measure how closely your qualifications and skills match your current job role? Do you look to how happy you feel on a Monday morning? Or do you read lists such as Forbes’ ‘10 signs you’re in the right job and 10 signs you’re not?!’

The chances are you know the answer if you’re at either extreme of job satisfaction level. So, for both those who are excited to get to work 99% of the time and those who spend most of their day miserably clock-watching. However, if you fall somewhere between the two, things may not be so black and white.

Only you know your individual measures regarding what matters most for your job and career, and how this translates into ‘right or wrong’.

  • Regularly browsing the latest jobs in Bath (and surrounding!) may help illuminate things further. Is there a position that better suits your current skills and goals? Do you feel excited to apply for a role?
  • If it’s a complete career change that you’re dreaming of, this is the guide to read. It offers realistic advice for anyone who doesn’t already have multiple qualifications/career experiences to casually switch between (not to mention those who don’t have an endless pot of money to fund the career change process!).

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on how you know when you’re in the right or wrong job. Is it an instinct or do you have set criteria to work to? Let us know by TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.