October 2012 results


UK Happiness Is On The Up

Your happiness means a great deal to us — especially your career happiness; which is why every quarter, we measure workplace happiness all over the UK to get a better understanding of how you’re feeling about your job. We work with Opinion Matters, who track happiness and morale levels across the sexes, age ranges, and regions, and we’re delighted to see that for many of you, happiness levels are on the up.

With an 8% rise on last quarter, four in ten UK workers said that they were happy, which is a positive improvement on this time last year when only 37% of you described yourselves as being happy, and a quarter (24%) of you were distinctly unhappy.

In spite of youth unemployment being on the rise, those who are in work are getting happier; in fact, 16-24 year olds are the happiest age group at 54%, followed by older workers — with the over 55s recording a 49% happiness rating.

In terms of regional breakdown, Londoners are the happiest in the UK at 52% — 8% higher than the national average — followed by those in Wales (47%). Workers in the East Midlands are the least happy (25%), followed closely by workers in the South West (22%).

Steven Kirkpatrick, Managing Director of Office Angels, commented: “The UK has experienced a remarkable summer; from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, to the Olympics and Paralympics Games. Whether our increased happiness is the result of the golden summer is impossible to say, but with a more positive outlook for the jobs market than there has been for some time, hopefully this trend is set to continue”.

Go to www.office-angels.com/happy to find out more, or contact your local branch today for a friendly chat.