UK happiness levels jump 20% from this time last year

Every quarter, our research partners over at Opinion Matters use their expertise to measure the happiness and morale levels of the UK’s workers ― spanning gender, age, location and industry ― to bring you a snapshot of how everyone’s feeling in their jobs, and this quarter, it seems that happiness levels have taken a bit of a dip.

As we entered the warmer summer months, the change from cold and snowy to sunny and balmy must have left you all dreaming of far off climes, because this quarter saw workplace happiness levels drop from 59% to 56%.

But it’s far from bad news all-round: when we compare our data against this time last year, we see that happiness levels are up a massive 20%.

It seems that Wimbledon, the recent heat wave and the royal birth have had an incredibly positive effect on UK workers.

Out of every age group, our research showed that 18-24 year olds are the happiest workers this quarter, with 68% claiming to be content, compared to just 48% of 45-54 year olds.

Despite the doom and gloom surrounding youth unemployment, August’s Report on Jobs from the REC showed that young people (18-24 year olds) reported the highest levels of confidence in job security, followed by 25-34 year olds.

Surprisingly given the abolition of the default retirement age, worries over job security were the most prevalent amongst workers aged 55 and over.

Interestingly, our research this quarter revealed that where you are in the country affects your happiness at work, with employees in the North West of England topping the happiness chart (65%), followed by workers in the South West (61%).

Industry also has a big role to play, with employees in sales, media and marketing coming in as the happiest of the bunch (this could be due to salaries for marketing managers increasing by 11.7% on last quarter); those in arts and culture emerged as the second happiest at 69% (this is however down 7% on the first quarter of the year), followed by people in manufacturing and utilities 62%.

It’s wonderful to see that your happiness levels have increased from this time last year, but not so great to see a dip from last quarter.

How happy we feel can be affected by all sorts — whether it’s the weather, our personal lives, or the sort of projects we’re working on — but if you’re not feeling content in your job, why not call us for a friendly chat about your career, or drop in at one of our branches?

You can also visit our website for some really useful advice on staying happy, healthy and upbeat in every area of your life.

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