Teachers are the happiest workers in Britain, says survey

The Telegraph is reporting a survey of over 2,000 workers that has found that teachers are the happiest workers in Britain…

The amount of holiday time, relationships with colleagues and their working environment were among the reasons given by the 83 per cent of teachers who claimed they ‘loved their job’, a study of 2,000 workers found.

Their only real issue was the lack of ‘perks’ and the difficulty climbing the career ladder due to the bottle neck within the education industry, said respondents.

Secretaries were the second happiest profession, with favourable workloads and their relationship with the boss keeping them happy, with engineers in third place.

The study also found the typical British adult is 59 per cent happy at work.

Ann Haydon, principal for Surbiton High School, which commissioned the research, said: “At a time when job stability is uncertain in many companies, it is encouraging that people feel relatively satisfied with their position in the workplace.

“And when it comes to the areas people are least unhappy with, it turns out company perks and the ability to progress up the career ladder are more of a concern than aspects such as pay or holiday time.

“For many people, happiness at work is determined by what they can get out of the job – such as achieving and making a difference – than how much money they see at the end of the month, values that we try to teach our pupils”

Researchers asked workers – including 299 teachers – to rate their level of contentment at work across 11 key areas, from pay and company perks to relationships with colleagues and the boss.

It was discovered workers are most pleased with their level of holiday allowance, and their relationships with colleagues – rating both categories seven out of 10.

But company perks received the lowest score of four out of 10, with employees feeling they could benefit from more entitlements such as mobile phones, laptops and private health care.

Current opportunities – such as the ability to progress within the company and achieve promotions – received the second lowest score of five out of 10.

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