Global survey reveals job dissatisfaction, but reluctance to move

10 May 2011

More than half of female business professionals around the world – and a similar percentage of their male counterparts – aren’t happy in their jobs, recent research from global management and consulting firm Accenture reveals.

The research, which surveyed more than 3,400 professionals in 29 countries, found that 43pc of women and 42pc of men are satisfied with their current jobs. 

The research found that the top reasons for respondents’ dissatisfaction are: being underpaid (cited by 47pc of women versus 44pc of men); a lack of opportunity for growth (36pc versus 32pc); no opportunity for career advancement (33pc versus 34pc); and feeling trapped (29pc versus 32pc). 

Despite this, nearly three-quarters of respondents plan to stay with their current employers and more than half of respondents say that, this year, in an effort to enhance their careers, they will work on developing their knowledge and/or a skill set to achieve their career objectives. 

“We’re seeing an unanticipated workplace dynamic,” said Adrian Lajtha, chief leadership officer at Accenture. “Today’s professionals are not job hunting, despite expressing dissatisfaction. Instead, they are focused on their skill sets and on seeking the training, the resources and the people that can help them achieve their goals. Leading companies should support these efforts by listening to employees and providing them with innovative training, leadership development and clearly defined career paths.”

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