AT SOME point most of us will find ourselves daydreaming about landing a new job: one where our salary is tripled and we’re universally adored.

But is this simply a reaction to a bad day at the office or a sure sign we need to move on?

In some ways, it’s easier to leave a job where you’re unhappy. If your current job is okay, you like your colleagues and the pay is reasonable, it can be hard to make a break.

To help you decide here are five signs that show when it really is time for a change:

1. You don’t like Mondays – The end of a great weekend is always a bit of a downer. That’s normal. But if you regularly experience fear and loathing at the sound of Antiques Roadshow on a Sunday evening, you’ve a bad case of the “Sunday Night Blues”. It doesn’t have to be this way.

2. You’re stuck in a rut – Think of yourself as an X Factor wannabe. Your career should be a journey to bigger and better things, not a constant loop. Even if you’re doing a job you enjoy, you must also get a sense of pride and satisfaction from adding to your skill set. If you haven’t developed or learned anything new for a while, it’s time for a fresh challenge.

3. You don’t get on with your boss – Unfortunately, many people don’t leave their companies, they leave their boss. A bad relationship with a manager can really affect your day-to-day work and seep into the rest of your life. If you’ve tried and failed to fix the situation, your energy would be better spent looking for a new job.

4 It’s a mismatch – Like good relationships, the best jobs tap into our full potential and bring out the best in us. If there is no overlap between what we’re good at and love doing and what our actual job involves on a daily basis, nobody is happy.

5 Money’s too tight to mention – Let’s not be shy. One of the big motivators for moving up the career ladder is salary. If you’re struggling to make ends meet and money is always on your mind, it’s time to look at opportunities where your sterling work will be more handsomely rewarded.