Job satisfaction

Man sitting in barber's shop
Photo by DCarlton.

I spotted this article in The Scotsman a couple of months ago and meant to post it.

A THIRD of people are unhappy at their work, with lawyers and bankers among the least satisfied.

But hairdressers are happiest, with a cheerful three out of five looking forward to going back to work after a day off.

Workers earning less than £15,000 a year are far happier than those in the £40,000-£45,000 income bracket, according to a survey of 1,000 adults by the education and training group City & Guilds.

It revealed that beauty therapists, childcare workers and plumbers were among the most satisfied.

Those questioned said that they wanted more flexible arrangements, training and personal development to make them happier.

Chris Humphries, the director general at City & Guilds, said: “It may come as a surprise to some that financial reward doesn’t always mean a happier working environment for an employee.

“A quarter of all UK workers have left, or would leave, a position because of a lack of training and the survey results clearly demonstrate that some of the happiest workers are those who feel they have a lot of opportunities for professional development.”

The Scotsman, Wed 11 April 2007

It doesn’t mention Web Managers. I suspect they’d be a bit happier if they didn’t have to support Internet Explorer.

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Gareth J M Saunders

Hi, I'm Gareth J M Saunders, 43 years old, 6' 4", married to Jane, father to twins Reuben and Joshua, and their younger brother Isaac. I'm a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church and worship at All Saints' Church, St Andrews. I am employed as the web architect at the University of St Andrews.

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