40% of UK workers are happy shocker

... or so says a survey. Although it could just be wishful thinking...

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 03 Jan 2012
The beginning of January is traditionally the time when workers across the land rub their hands together, roll up their sleeves and get stuck in to finding themselves a shiny new job. And this year is no different – despite the fact that, by all accounts, the economy is crumbling around our ears. Or at least, that’s according to a survey by recruiters Badenoch & Clark, which found that almost a third of people are optimistic about the career opportunities 2012 has in store. Perhaps things aren’t so bad after all…

What’s even more heartening is the fact that of the 1,000-odd questioned, the survey found about 40% of office workers are happy in their current jobs – which suggests that the threat of redundancy doesn’t loom to large for many. And(/or) even if redundancies are taking their toll, employees don’t mind taking on a bit of extra work. Then again, it could just be that in hard times, we’re all just a little more grateful for what we’ve got…

Of course, the trouble with surveys like this is that they depend on employees’ views, rather than solid fact. So the fact that half of employees admitted they’re not sure what will happen to their careers during 2012 strikes a slightly gloomier note. And while 40% of cheery workers compares favourably with the 37% reported at the end of the summer, it’s still a big drop from the 47% of those who were happy this time last year.

Nevertheless: it seems that the young are, as ever, the most hopeful among us – 42% of 25-34 year-olds and a whopping 63% of 16-24 year-olds said they were confident that there will be ‘opportunities’ to improve their careers during the course of 2012. Although, compare that with the youth unemployment rate (which currently stands at a little over 1m), and all that youthful exuberance may be little more than wishful thinking.

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