Wrong job 'can affect mental health and wellbeing'

Thursday, 17 March 2011 11:09 AM

While most people think being unemployed is the thing which would affect their mental health and wellbeing the most, a new study has revealed having the wrong job could have a worse effect.

Being in a badly-paid or temporary role can impact on wellbeing considerably, the study by the Australian National University revealed.

The impact of having little job security, undertaking demanding work and having limited control over a post can all affect people's mental health.

Researchers actually found people who are out of work can feel better than those who are currently in a poor job.

They said: "This study has shown that work of poor psychosocial quality, characterised by low job control, high job demands and complexity, job insecurity and the perception of unfair pay, does not bestow the same mental health benefits as employment in jobs with high psychosocial quality."

The latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics revealed the unemployment rate in the UK now stands at eight per cent.

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