Over half of Britains employees are unhappy with their salaries

More than half (52%) of Britain’s employees are unhappy with their rate of pay, feeling underpaid for the hours they work or duties they carry out, according to new research by job search engine Adzuna.

More than half (52%) of Britain’s employees are unhappy with their rate of pay, feeling underpaid for the hours they work or duties they carry out, according to new research by job search engine Adzuna. Nationwide, a mere 3% of us are completely satisfied with our current salary level.

The survey, conducted by job search engine Adzuna in January 2015, analysed attitudes of over 1,000 UK workers to highlight salary satisfaction levels across 30+ industries in 12 UK regions. Pay rise potential was also analysed by the research, identifying hot (and not so hot) industries across the country.

Despite despondency over current pay levels, Britain proved itself a nation of optimists, with more than half of British workers hoping for a wage increase in the coming year. While salary dissatisfaction levels were higher among male respondents than their female colleagues, the women remained more confident of a pay rise in 2015, with 55% of Britain’s female employees expecting an increase this year.

Regional breakdown of salary satisfaction:

The grumpiest workers in the UK are based in the East of England (62% of those surveyed felt they were underpaid), closely followed by the East Midlands (60%) and Scotland (60%). At the other end of the scale, employees in the South West were the happiest workers in England, with the North West and London following closely behind.

Londoners topped the charts as the most ambitious workers in the country, with 57% angling for 2015 pay increase. Those in the East Midlands, North West and South East also entertained high hopes of hikes in pay. The UK’s most pessimist employees can be found in the East of England, where the research highlighted the lowest ambitions of a pay rise. Workers in Scotland and Yorkshire & the Humber also indicated a potentially austere 2015 could be on the cards.

Britain’s happiest and unhappiest workers:

Retail staff (primarily shop assistants & front line sales staff) proved the most miserable of all UK workers, two thirds (65%) professed extreme unhappiness with their rate of pay. Public sector despondency also shone through in the survey with half of all Nurses & Teachers surveyed expressing extreme dissatisfaction with their remuneration.

Consultants are the happiest profession in the country, with just one in five voicing complaints about their annual earnings, and half anticipating higher income in 2015 than last year. Workers in the technology and manufacturing sectors rounded out the three happiest lines of work.

Andrew Hunter, Co-Founder of Adzuna, said “It's been a tough couple of years for workers in Britain. Wages have been stagnant and consistently lagging behind inflation. That said, our data suggests that employers across the country are starting to lift the lid on rates of pay. It's clear from the survey that over half of people in the UK feel they are owed a pay rise, and we would argue that there is no better time to ask the boss than right now.