A quarter of British workers hate their job and are considering setting up their own business

Research reveals more than one in four British workers want to leave their job
Tuesday 5 May 2015 - 09:45

New AAT research has revealed that more than one in four British workers want to leave their job and are considering setting up their own business.

Of the 2,000 employees polled, 27% were unhappy with their working life, and almost half said they are considering setting-up their own business.

Participants cited job satisfaction, financial independence, a better work/life balance and flexible working as the main advantages of becoming self-employed.

Despite such a high percentage of workers wanting to set-up their own business, many were discouraged by three key reasons: lack of funding, confidence and financial know how.

Mark Farrar, chief executive of AAT commented:

"The idea of working for yourself can be daunting, however there are steps you can take to give yourself the confidence to make the leap. Solid financial skills are essential and it’s a great idea to get the right training before setting up your own business."

"Working for yourself can be an exciting and exhilarating experience. Indeed, many AAT students go on to successfully work for themselves across a diverse range of sectors from the arts, design and technology, to running their own business from home.

Self-employment is an extremely attractive option once you have the right tools, giving individuals greater freedom and satisfaction in their working life and the potential to increase their earnings."

Signs that Brits are unhappy in their jobs

The survey uncovered a surprising list of signs that the British workforce dislike their current job, ranging from dreading work on a Sunday night to killing time in the office. Having extended toilet breaks, offering to fetch frequent rounds of tea and running unnecessary errands for colleagues were also mentioned.

Feeling unnoticed professionally was an issue for many, 16% confessed to feeling overqualified, and 13% said their ideas are constantly ignored.

Not fitting in with colleagues was also shown to be a reason to hate work; a fifth confessed they ‘don’t fit in’ while 16% admitted to coming up with excuses to avoid work related social events.

One in six said the standard of their work suffers due to their dislike of their job, with others admitting they no longer care about presenting themselves smartly.

A whopping seven in ten admitted they find themselves counting down the hours until the end of the day, with almost half admitting they dread the week ahead on Sunday night.

23 signs you hate your job (and should consider working for yourself)

You may find that you:

  • Get anxious about work on a Sunday night                                                  
  • Have lunch on your own to get away from colleagues            
  • Work the minimum number of hours required          
  • Are constantly looking at the clock                  
  • Often moan about your job to friends and family                                     
  • Take extended toilet breaks                                                              
  • Dread going into work in the morning                                           
  • Feel you don't fit in within the office                              
  • Find any excuse to get out of the office                        
  • Have perfected the 'looking busy' look                         
  • Despise your boss                                                  
  • Constantly find excuses not to go to work social events        
  • Are happy to run errands for your colleagues                                                               
  • Spend several work hours on social media                                            
  • Put the least amount of effort into everything you do                                                                          
  • Work performance is suffering - and you don't care               
  • Come home and cry about the stress of your job     
  • No longer worry about looking smart             
  • Are often late                                                                                             
  • Look forward to doctors or dentists appointments    
  • Seem to always argue with your boss                                                                                                            
  • Cut corners at every possibility                                         
  • Do the bare minimum overtime so you don't get fired          

Most desirable industries to be self-employed                                               

  1. Hospitality (restaurant owner/bar café owner)
  2. Professional writer (author, novelist, travel writer, film critic)
  3. Art and design (artist, photographer, graphic designer, interior designer)
  4. Professional food or wine taster     
  5. Music industry (song writer, musician, DJ)