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22 November 2016

Workplace bullying and discrimination increasing, research claims

Incidents of discrimination at work have almost doubled over the past 15 years, a study shows.

A survey of 1,300 workers reveals 9% of employees report to have experienced or been aware of discrimination in the workplace, rising from 17% since 2001, according to research by the Fabian Society.

The number of staff members saying they have experienced or been aware of bullying by management or colleagues has increased from 25% to 35% over the same period.

The study carried out by the political think tank shows that one in 10 workers do not find their job enjoyable, while 11% do not find their job interesting and 12% either always or often wish they did not have to go to work.

Those in manual labour occupations are 18% less likely than office workers to find their work interesting, 8% less likely to enjoy it, and 8% less likely to look forward to work.

Cameron Tait, of the Fabian Society said: "This report shows that for most of us, work is a good thing. It gives us enjoyment and we tend to find it interesting. This should give succour to political leaders to continue to talk up the value of work and the importance of full employment.

"But the research also shows that for one in 10, work is not providing the fulfilment that it should. For this group, work is not enjoyable, and does not provide the agency and flexibility that the research shows most people value in their jobs.

"Given the social divisions that the EU referendum revealed, it is particularly concerning that people in working class occupations are more likely to be in this group."

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