Workers in the West Midlands are the most dissatisfied with their jobs in the country, according to new research.
They are least happy with their salaries, least happy with their workloads and least happy with their working environment, according to a study by disability insurer UnumProvident.
The satisfaction level with the average West Midland worker's current job weighs in at just 64 per cent, compared with a national average of 67 per cent.
West Midlands workers also average 5.8 days off sick over the past 12 months, higher than the national average of 5.2 days.
Workers in the North-west are the most satisfied with their current jobs, recording an average satisfaction of 70 per cent compared with the national average of 67 per cent.
Not surprisingly, the North-west also has one of the lowest sickness absence rates with an average of 4.1 days taken off sick in the past year, compared with a national average of 5.2 days, suggesting that happier staff are less likely to be absent from work due to sickness.
East Anglia has the worst record for absence with an average of 7.0 days off sick in the past 12 months.
The findings also reveal that workers from the Northeast, Yorkshire and Humberside are the most loyal with an average of 7.8 years service with their current employer, compared with the national average of 6.2 years. The South-east and Greater London has the lowest average term of employment at only 5.4 years.
Joanne Hindle, corporate s ervices director of UnumProvident, said the findings of their survey confirmed the link between job satisfaction and sickness absence.
"Put simply, happy staff are less likely to take time off work.
"For employers, the key factors contributing to greater worker satisfaction may seem surprising. Our research shows that salary and other benefits are less important than the working environment, relationships with colleague and the inherent nature of the work.
"The research also lends weight to growing opinion that some level of stress at work is good for us. No stress may be as de-motivating as extreme stress. It may be that boredom can be as damaging as over-work, leading to low morale and diminishing self-worth."