1 in 5 Workers in Wrong Job
Research from the Skills Commission reveals that 21% of Britain’s workers are in a job that does not make the best use of their skills.
A further 41% of workers say they have had a previous job that has not made the best use of their skillsets.
The news comes ahead of the publication of the Skills Commission’s info, advice & guidance inquiry and reveals a vital need for good long-term careers advice in the UK.
Weighing up the figures for workers being in a job that does not utilise their skills amounts to an average of 4 years and 10 months wasted.
Only 4% of workers who escaped such a job relied on formal careers advice to get their next role, whilst 59% of workers still in the wrong role believe good careers advice would help them get a more suitable job. 47% of workers in the general working population feel that good careers advice would help to improve their career prospects.
Other statistics gleaned from the survey indicate that:
- 65% of all people have, at some time in their life, received formal careers advice.
- of 18-24 year olds, the percentage that have received careers advice from institutions is:
- 27% from Connexions
- 15% from Jobcentre Plus
- 63% from College or University
- Of all adults:
- 6% of people have received careers advice from Learndirect
- 13% have had advice from Jobcentre Plus
- 41% from college or uni
Commenting on how useful workers found their career advice to be:
- 66% found this formal advice very or fairly useful,
- 7% said it was not useful at all.
As for the alternative sources of informal advice the findings showed:
- 41% – friends (76% of 18-24 year olds)
- 37% -the internet (61% of 18-24s)
- 32% – parents (70%of 18-24s)
- 25% – other family members (47% of 18-24s)
The findings show that Brits feel dissatisfied with their work, their skills are underutilised and theat there is a massive need for high quality formal careers advice.
Chair of the Skills Commission’s inquiry, Professor Michael Thorne, said:
“In the new world order, informal sources of advice from social networking sites, mentors and employers will become increasingly important. These results highlight how essential a mix of formal and informal sources of advice are to the public.”
All the figures are from a YouGov Plc online survey of 2087 working adults between 11th and 13th March 2008. The figures have been weighted to represent all British adults aged 18+.
At the time of publication there are 44,020,057 adults aged 18+ in the UK. Some 27,292,435 (62%) have been in or are still in a job that does not best utilise their skills.