Hairdressers cut above the rest in happiness table

Report reveals UK's most contented workers

Hairdressers are the UK’s most contented workers, according to a new report.

The City and Guilds annual Happiness Index, revealed that almost a fifth of vocational workers were very happy with their job, compared to just 10 per cent of white collar workers.

Hairdressers topped the league, with 40 per cent of those polled claiming they were happy at work.

Other happy vocational contenders include chefs, 23 per cent and beauticians, 22 per cent.

Figures also reveal that 70 per cent of vocational workers feel more appreciated by their bosses, compared to 63 per cent of white-collar workers.

Camaraderie is also higher, with almost half of vocational workers reporting that they have a good social life at work, compared to 40 per cent of their desk bound counterparts.

Not all employees could boast an enjoyable working life. Only 2 per cent of architects were happy, followed closely by estate agents, 4 per cent.

However, Britain’s workers proved generally happy at work. Figures show that 77 per cent of both white collar workers and vocational ones were contented.

Chris Humphries, director general of City and Guilds, said: “More people than ever are swapping their desk-bound jobs for a vocation that enables them to be hands-on, use their brains and be in charge of their own destiny.

“As we spend so much time at work, it’s important that we enjoy what we do and build on the skills that we’re good at.”

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