Revealed: UK’s happiest workers

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Almost half (47%) of British HR workers say they are happy with their job ‘as it is’, according to new research from workplace help platform, Rungway. The finding makes HR people the happiest with their job among all of the industries surveyed.

The UK’s happiest workers
Human resources 47%
Health care 46%
Food and beverage 45%
Marketing 43%
Media 42%
Financial services 41%
Technology 41%
Property 40%
Law 38%
Banking 37%
Retail 33%
IT services 33%

The survey of 2,000 Brits in employment found that health care (46%) and food and beverage (45%) workers are the second and third happiest with their job, while those working in IT services and retail (both 33%) are the least happy.

Room for improvement

None of the industries surveyed had more than half of respondents say they are happy with their job ‘as it is’, and across the country only 40% of UK workers said they were happy, suggesting there is still room for improvement in British companies.

When asked which other statements applied to them, British workers also felt that they are ‘ready to move on’ (24%), that their job is a ‘stepping stone to where I need to be’ (23%), that they ‘aren’t learning anything new’ (23%) and that they ‘don’t feel like my ideas are being heard’ (20%).

Among sectors, IT services workers were the most likely among industries to say their ideas aren’t being heard (28%) and that their job is a stepping stone to where they need to be (43%). However, it was media workers (33%) feeling most ready to move on from their role, and lawyers (33%) who feel they aren’t learning anything new.

“Workplace culture is under the spotlight, and when more than half of employees aren’t feeling happy with their job, something needs to change to fix that. It’s vital that companies implement ways that make it easy for employees to give feedback and suggestions, and also that companies listen to this feedback and take clear action on it to create improvements. Not only will this improve employee happiness – it will fuel employees’ commitment and trust in the company, help your employer brand, and decrease talent attrition,” said Julie Chakraverty, founder and CEO of Rungway.



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