Landscaping tops list of UK’s happiest jobs

Europe’s leading online local services marketplace has revealed that landscaping is the happiest profession in the UK, followed by Dog Walkers and Counsellors. The findings come after the platform surveyed more than 40,000 service professionals across more than 40 sectors on how happy their professions make them, to celebrate International Week of Happiness at Work. 

A survey of more than 40,000 service professionals around the UK has revealed that landscaping is the UK’s ‘happiest profession’, followed by Dog Walking and Counselling. 

The internal study was commissioned by Europe’s leading online local services marketplace, Bark.com, to celebrate International Week of Happiness at Work (23-27 September).

The survey covered more than 40 industry sectors and found that more than four fifths (86%) of landscapers and three quarters (78%) of Dog Walkers said their job made them ‘very happy’, as well as 74% of Counsellors.

The five happiest professions, as well as the percentage of people who said they loved their job, is as follows:

  1. Landscapers – 86%
  2. Dog Walkers – 78% 
  3. Counsellors – 74%
  4. Wedding Photographers – 68%
  5. Personal trainers – 65%

The five unhappiest professions, as well as the percentage of people who said their job made them ‘unhappy’, is as follows:

  1. Cleaners – 73%
  2. Plumbers – 68%
  3. Accountants – 61%
  4. Electricians – 60%
  5. Life Coaches – 57%

The full list of the 10 happiest and unhappiest professions in the UK, as well as a breakdown by region, can be found here: www.bark.com/blog/landscapers-revealed-as-the-happiest-professionals-in-the-uk/ 

Recent research revealed that workplace happiness in Britain is down 20% in the last three years, with 83% of frontline workers unable to recall anything that has made them feel positive about their working life in the last month*.

When asked ‘what is your favourite part about your job’, more than two thirds (67%) of people working within the top five happiest sectors stated ‘working outside’. On the other hand, for the people who worked within the five unhappiest sectors, when asked what they most disliked about their job, more than half (59%) said they felt their job had ‘no real value’.

When it comes to the happiest regions in the UK, the West Midlands came out on top, followed by the City and County of Bristol, and Buckinghamshire, whereas the unhappiest region according to the survey results is Greater London. These findings are based on the number and location of respondents who selected ‘very happy’ or ‘unhappy’ in the survey.

Bark.com’s survey asked professionals from 43 sectors to rate how happy their jobs made them from one to five – with one being ‘unhappy’, and five ‘very happy’. The sectors analysed include, but aren’t limited to; Landscapers, Builders, Lawyers, Plumbers, Architects, Cleaners, Gardeners, Electricians, Personal Trainers, Web Designers, Accountants, Counsellors and Tutors.

Online platform Bark.com is Europe’s leading local services marketplace, connecting customers with local professionals for any project, including accountants, SEO agencies, HR services, Graphic designers, web designers, cleaners and wedding photographers, to name a few. Bark.com’s goal is to revolutionise how people find and sell local services online, get quotes, read reviews, message the professionals and hire – all through the website.

Kai Feller, co-founder of Bark.com, said,

“Being happy at work is very important, both for an employee and an employer. The happier your staff are, the more productive they’ll be, and aside from this, employers should always want their employees to feel happy and valued.

“Given Bark.com’s hundreds of thousands of professionals across such a huge variety of sectors, we were in a good position to find out which professions are the ‘happiest’, and you never know, it might inspire someone to take the plunge and change careers!”

Author: Editorial Team

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