PostgreSQL queries containing, for example, single quotes or semicolons need to be escaped.
This won’t work:
UPDATE jobs SET work=':'';
To make it work, escape the strings using C-style escapes (E’’) and replacing single-quotes with ‘’:
UPDATE jobs SET work=E':''';
See section “18.104.22.168. String Constants with C-style Escapes” in the PostgreSQL documentation https://www.postgresql.org/docs/10/sql-syntax-lexical.html for details.