Older staff and women more critical of workplace

Older
workers and women are becoming more critical of their workplaces, new research
finds.

The
Working in Britain survey – part of the Future of Work Programme funded by the
Economic and Social Research Council – shows that satisfaction in traditionally
contented groups of workers has fallen.

In
1992, 61 per cent of older workers were ‘completely’ or ‘fairly’ satisfied with
work. This has now fallen to 48.6 per cent.

The
survey finds that people are far less satisfied with the hours they work. Only
25 per cent are satisfied now compared to 53 per cent 10 years ago.

Less
women are happy at work now with just 49 per cent saying they are ‘completely’
or ‘fairly’ satisfied compared to 54 per cent 10 years ago.

People
are also working longer hours – men average 1.6 hours more, women 2.1 hours.

The
survey interviewed 2,466 people.

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By Quentin Reade

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