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There are big differences across the UK in the way workers feel about their jobs. So which city fares worst for work satisfaction? A nationwide research has revealed people from Nottingham are most likely to hate their job, with over half (51 percent) claiming they are stuck in a dead-end job they loathe.

Folk from Plymouth, Liverpool and Birmingham are also highly likely to be unsatisfied (50 percent), followed by people from Newcastle (47 percent), Sheffield (46 percent), Leicester (45 percent) and Glasgow (44 percent).

Making up the top ten, job hating cities were the hard-working folk of Manchester (43 percent) and Norwich (41 percent).

According to the nationwide study, over a third (36 percent) of workers admit they’re desperate to quit their job but can’t afford to, while 38 percent say they have lost hope of getting a promotion.

43 percent spend every workday clock-watching, while 29 percent admit the end of the weekend is ruined with “Sunday night blues” – the dread of going back to work the following day.

And the study of 1,500 workers, commissioned by the Open University, found that 28 percent feel they fell into a career path they can’t get out of.

A quarter of young people are desperate to quit their current jobs but are struggling to find something else.

30 percent said returning to the workplace after working from home made their job worse, with 35 percent confessing they’re missing the flexibility that home working provided.

The research also found that on average, working Brits who are stuck in dead-end jobs believe they are only using 39 percent of their full potential.

While 27 percent say they only go to work to pay the bills.

In fact a fifth said the morale at the company they work at is at rock bottom, with 16 percent having a nightmare boss who they feel micromanages them.

Yet almost a fifth (19 percent) admit they don’t know which skills they need for their ideal career.

Interestingly, 82 percent said they dream of being their own boss, while four in ten (41 percent) said given the chance they would like to start up their own business.

Professor Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor at the Open University said: “Lots of people know they have the potential to do bigger and better things but are unsure how to access their dream job. We hope the OU can be the solution to the problems. Flexible studying hours give Open University students the ability to ‘earn while they learn’ and offer a chance to upskill to land their dream job whilst pursuing a side hustle at the same time.”

What could be the solutions for workers?

To offer a potential solution to the questions that many people are facing with their career and to show the realities of new career challenges, the Open University are launching a ‘Unlock Your Inner Boss LIVE’ challenge, where they will put TV and Radio presenter Gemma Cairney through her paces at the helm of a new business for the day and will live stream the activity across their social channels.

Tune in to the Open University’s Unlock Your Inner Boss LIVE challenge on the 25th May and watch Gemma tackle the challenge live on Facebook, Linkedin or YouTube.


  1. Nottingham (51 percent of workers claim to be in a dead-end job they hate)
  2. Plymouth – 50 percent
  3. Liverpool – 50 percent
  4. Birmingham – 50 percent
  5. Newcastle Upon Tyne – 47 percent
  6. Sheffield – 46 percent
  7. Leicester – 45 percent
  8. Glasgow – 44 percent
  9. Manchester – 43 percent
  10. Norwich – 41 percent

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