Under half of employees fear for their job in 2020

Just under half of UK employees fear for their job in 2020 with workers in Cardiff feeling the least secure followed by Norwich and Sheffield.

A survey from Adzuna found that 46 per cent of workers are worried their job is at risk in 2020. When breaking this down to cities, 60 per cent of employees from Cardiff believe their job is at risk, 59 per cent from Norwich and 56 per cent from Sheffield.

The top ten cities where employees are most fearful are:

  • Cardiff (60 per cent)
  • Norwich (59 per cent)
  • Sheffield (56 per cent)
  • Manchester (54 per cent)
  • Liverpool (49 per cent)
  • Leeds (48 per cent)
  • Southampton and London (45 per cent)
  • Nottingham (44 per cent)
  • Edinburgh (43 per cent)
  • Newcastle (42 per cent)


Nine of the cities found to be most fearful for the future of their job were most likely to put this down to recent job losses in their industry (Cardiff 26 per cent, Norwich 32 per cent, Sheffield 39 per cent, Manchester 19 per cent, Liverpool 29 per cent, Leeds 23 perm cent, Southampton 23 per cent, London 23 per cent, Nottingham 33 per cent).

The survey also showed that employees in London were most likely to make a career move this year at 66 per cent. With Bristol following at 65 per cent and Belfast at 59 per cent.

Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna said:

Job hunting can be an overwhelming experience. It’s interesting to see the UK cities with the highest percentage of job fears, especially those where the majority of workers feel insecure due to an uncertain and competitive job market.

It’s also worrying to see some people feel insecure about their job but aren’t considering searching for a new role.

In order to gather these results, Adzuna surveyed 1,500 UK employees and 500 unemployed UK citizens.

In December 2019, Adzuna revealed the most “unique job perks” on offer, with hangover days, ‘pawternity’ leave and Netflix subscriptions being three on offer at certain companies. 





Darius is the editor of HRreview. He has previously worked as a finance reporter for the Daily Express. He studied his journalism masters at Press Association Training and graduated from the University of York with a degree in History.