The Happiest and Unhappiest Careers (Study)

Last updated on January 13th, 2015 at 08:24 pm

4hourweekDo you know what the most fulfilling jobs are? Well, City & Guilds today releases the Career Happiness Index 2012, which offers broad insights into what people in the UK consider to be most important factors contributing to their happiness at work.

The study reveals the jobs that make people the happiest and why, painting a picture of a British workforce who want flexibility, reasonable control over their daily duties and the opportunity to use their skills to tackle challenges and gain rewards.

Overall, the City and Guilds Career Happiness Index shows that people in vocationally trained and skills-based jobs, such as hairdressers, gardeners, plumbers and electricians, were happiest – 65% compared to 58% of those in largely academically trained, office-based jobs. Learning a trade from the beginning and working your way up also has a positive impact on levels of pride, with 68% of those in vocationally trained jobs saying they were proud of their work, compared to 62% of those in academically-trained jobs.


Other Key Findings from the survey were that:

  • Self-employed people are overwhelmingly happier at work (85%).
  • More than four in five (83%) of self-employed people claim they enjoy having a flexible work life and 91% said they like having control over their daily duties.
  • Money doesn’t lead to happiness – those earning over £60k are the unhappiest (22%).

But, if you are looking for an alternative to 40 hour a week working, try the link below: The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

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