Belfast Telegraph

Public sector workers 'exhausted, stressed but happy in their work'

Job satisfaction among public sector workers is at its highest level for four years, although they face higher levels of pressure and exhaustion, a report says.

A survey of 2,000 employees found that two out of three in the public sector were satisfied with their job, slightly above those in private companies.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said its study also revealed that almost half of workers in public sector organisations were exhausted after a day's work.

Claire McCartney, of the CIPD, said: "It's fantastic to see such a leap in job satisfaction in the public sector since our last survey in the spring, especially in such uncertain times for the UK.

"There was a great deal of uncertainty before the referendum, so people might be feeling more settled, and many will be happy with the outcome based on their voting decision.

"Other reasons could include the optimism that usually comes with a new government and it could be that some of the new messages we're hearing on fairness and equality might be resonating with public sector workers."

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: "Nurses, homecare staff and teaching assistants work in public services because they want to make a difference. That's why they love their jobs - they're dedicated to helping others.

"But huge pressures because of spending cuts mean these unsung heroes are having to do much more with much less. It's no surprise they're feeling increasingly exhausted and demoralised and actively thinking of quitting their jobs."