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53 per cent of UK couples admit to arguing with their partner because of work

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More than one in two UK couples admit to arguing with their partner because of work, according to a new survey.

The survey, conducted by Michael Page, found that 30 per cent of Brits think their partner should move jobs this year, with a variety of different reasons. 39 per cent thought their partner’s current job makes them unhappy; 37 per cent thought the job was paid poorly and 24 per cent believed their partner’s job had a poor or unclear progression path.

The research also found that 58 per cent of Brits have been told to move jobs by their current partner. Despite concerns, 70 per cent of those who think their partner should move jobs said they are being prevented from doing so. The fear of the unknown, concern about the job market and a lack of career direction were found to be the barriers to a career move.

Almost two-fifths said work has got in the way of ‘date night’ plans, with more men likely to admit this than women.

Speaking about the results, Oliver Watson, Executive Board Director, UK and NA, PageGroup, said, “Often, it is those closest to us that see our job situation for what it really is – they experience what we bring home on a daily basis.”

“Rather than allowing it to cause friction, it can be really interesting exercise to get their perspective on where your work life is headed when deciding what you want to achieve over the coming year.”

“Part of pinning down your career progression goals is understanding what it is that motivates you to move up in the world of work.”

“Whether it is more money, greater responsibility or just a better work-life balance, the good news is that there is so much guidance out there to help set you on the path to achieving it.”

“So why not take this opportunity to start a careers conversation with your significant other today.”



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