New research has found those who categorise their profession as ‘homemaker’ are the most happy.
On the other end of the spectrum, those who are least satisfied in their jobs work in marketing, advertising and PR, law enforcement and security, sales or are civil servants.
Accountancy, banking and finance, meanwhile, made for one of the happier categories.
In this sector, 20 per cent said they were very satisfied, 56 per cent were satisfied and 15 per cent were dissatisfied. Five per cent said: “Don’t know.”
The best things about these jobs are relationships with colleagues (30 per cent), good salaries (25 per cent) and good work-life balance (23 per cent). The top downsides were stress levels (30 per cent), inflexible working hours (18 per cent) and limited job security (17 per cent).
The research, carried out for LV=’s Home Truths Index, surveyed 3,136 UK adults working across 26 industries. Participants were asked whether they are dissatisfied in their role.
The happiness score, out of 100, was calculated by adding together all of those who said they were satisfied with those who said they did not know. Being optimists, LV= reasoned that those who said they did not know were probably not that dissatisfied.
Homemakers’ high satisfaction levels were linked to being able to spend time with their children, low stress levels and flexible working hours. LV= pointed out, though, that homemakers do work long hours, clocking 66 a week on average.
The happiest occupations
|Hospitality and events management||86.3|
|Creative arts and design||84.4|
|Leisure, sport and tourism||83.7|
|Accountancy, banking and finance||83.5|
|Environment and agriculture||83.3|
|Business consulting and management||82.7|
|Engineering and manufacturing||79.5|
|Teaching and education||78.7|
|Science and pharmaceuticals||73.5|
|Energy and utilities||73.1|
|Transport and logistics||72.3|
|Law enforcement and security||59.4|
|Marketing, advertising and PR||53.8|