Nearly three-quarters of Britons enjoy their job, but more than half would like to change their career, a survey showed today.

Around 71% of those quizzed said they liked their job, with 16% claiming they were indifferent to it, while just 12% said they hated it, according to Birmingham Midshires.

Lawyers, journalists and beauticians were most likely to be happy with their job, while call centre workers, car mechanics and factory workers were the least likely to be satisfied.

But despite the fact that the majority of people enjoy their job, 52% said they would like to change career, with top choices for new jobs including IT, teaching, photography and psychology.

The main thing holding people back was that they could not afford to give up their current job to re-train, cited by 36%, followed by a fear that their salary would fall, which was a concern for 35%.

One in four was worried about the level of financial strain a career move would put on them and their family, while 19% were concerned they would not be able to meet their mortgage repayments.

Tim Hague, managing director of mortgages at Birmingham Midshires, said: "We spend a huge proportion of our lives at work - around 1,920 hours a year - and our findings act as a positive reinforcement that most people are content in their current job."

People in the Midlands are most unhappy with their jobs, with just 41% saying they like them, while those in central Scotland are most likely to want a career change at 53%, compared with just 36% of people in Wales.

• YouGov questioned 2,461 people during August.