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Retail staff top list of UK's unhappiest workers

Retail staff are the UK’s unhappiest workers when it comes to rates of pay, according to research by job search engine Adzuna.

The survey of 1,000 UK employees across more than 30 sectors has revealed 52% of Britons are unhappy with their salary or hourly wage. 

Two-thirds (65%) of shop assistants and retail sales staff said they were “extremely unhappy” with their pay, more than public sector workers or nurses and teachers. 

Only 3% of all respondents said they were completely satisfied with their current salary level. More than half were hoping for a wage increase in the coming year.

The East of England proved to be the most unhappy region, with 62% of people feeling underpaid, compared to just 43% in the South West.

As well as being among the top five happiest, workers in the London area also proved the most ambitious with 57% pushing for more pay in 2015.

Adzuna co-founder Andrew Hunter said: “It’s been a tough couple of years for workers in Britain. Wages have been stagnant and consistently lagging behind inflation. That said, our data suggests that employers across the country are starting to lift the lid on rates of pay. It’s clear from the survey that over half of people in the UK feel they are owed a pay rise, and we would argue that there is no better time to ask the boss than right now.”

It comes just as Brent council announced it will offer a discount on business rate to companies paying the London living wage.

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