January 2013 results


UK happiness levels remain constant

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Each and every quarter, we measure the UK’s happiness at work by asking the wonderful people over at Opinion Matters to use their expert knowledge on our behalf. To give us a good idea of how you’re feeling in your jobs, they measure happiness and morale levels across the UK, against a wide range of cross sections ¯ including gender, age, location and profession.

This quarter’s results are in, and it seems that you’re feeling just as happy in your jobs now as you were in 2012. Despite the absence of exciting nationwide events – such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – our research suggests that UK morale and job satisfaction levels have remained constant.

Over four in ten (42%) of you are happy in your current jobs; mirroring the 41% of you who reported being happy at work this time last year. Happiness levels are highest in Edinburgh, where nearly half (46%) of you report being happy; but in stark contrast, happiness levels dip in Nottingham and Wales, where over a third (35%) claim to be unhappy – a figure that’s sadly 8% higher than the national average.

Out of everyone, Generation Y workers are more likely to be unsatisfied, with over a quarter (27%) of 25-34 year olds unhappy in their current jobs, compared to just a fifth (20%) of the over 55s.

We’ve also found that happiness levels fluctuate quite dramatically between the different industry sectors, with a reassuringly number of those working in the arts (67%), professional services (53%), and education (47%) reporting high levels of happiness and job satisfaction.

We’re delighted to see that so many of you are just as happy now as you were this time last year, but we’re also a little worried about the rest of you. We care about your wellbeing at work and really hate to think of you feeling down in the dumps; so if you’re not happy in your current role, make sure you come and have a chat with us about your next steps to getting that happiness back on track.

You can visit our website www.office-angels.com/happy for some really useful advice on staying happy, healthy and upbeat in every area of your life; or, if you just need a friendly chat, contact your local branch today – or drop in for a cuppa.

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