The Happiest Jobs With Highest Salaries In UK Have Been Announced

Across the UK, 1 in 6 workers experience mental health issues, with nearly 13% of all sickness absences in the UK attributed to mental health. As many of us have come to find, the working environment can have a huge effect on your mental and physical health – never mind your performance.

Phoenix Health & Safety have created the ‘Career Welfare Index’ to reveal which jobs are the ‘happiest,’ which careers have the highest salaries, as well as which jobs are statistically the best for welfare and health and safety. 

UK’s top jobs for your welfare 

Phoenix Health & Safety was able to award different job sectors with an overall ranking score – the higher the score, the better the employee wellbeing in that job role. 

Coming in at number one with the best career welfare was media, advertising, marketing and sales – with employees in this industry earning an impressive 33% above the national salary average. Closely followed by the IT & Telecoms sector.

According to findings, people who work in the legal sector are the happiest with the best pay, with 28% of employees enjoying their job as well as earning over 39% more than the average UK salary. 

Those working in Transportation & Distribution came last, with the highest non-fatal workplace injuries alongside the highest percentage of employees wanting a better work environment. 

Top tips on how businesses can improve their employees’  mental wellbeing

You may have an amazing team of workers at your disposal – but are they happy? Success is more than just revenue and results. Even with the best of intentions, your ways of working may be impacting your employees’ health and mental wellbeing. 

Nick Higginson, CEO of Phoenix Health & Safety, gives 5 tips for legal businesses wanting to promote employee wellbeing in the workplace.


“It’s well established that social relationships are very important to our mental wellbeing in the workplace2. Positive relationships can help us feel connected and help foster a sense of belonging at work.

“Encouraging social interaction through events, parties and allowing time for staff to interact during the work day can lead to better communication, job satisfaction and an improved experience at work.”


“Regular exercise has been proven to be an effective way to reduce employee stress and burnout in the workplace1. Regular exercise benefits us both physically and mentally, decreasing the levels of depression and lowering levels of anxiety while improving mood and mental wellbeing. 

“Allowing time for exercise during the workday can help promote physical activity and could benefit the business with reduced time off due to mental health issues.” 


“Mindfulness is about being aware of the here and now; it can reduce stress, anxiety and depression in those who practise it. Businesses that have implemented mindfulness activities in the workplace have reported staff feeling more energized, with increased levels of concentration and decreased tendency for procrastination3.

“There are apps, videos and seminars that promote mindfulness that can be used in the workplace. Simply allowing your staff time to practice mindfulness can be enough to see the benefits.”


“A healthy diet has a wide range of benefits including increased energy levels and motivation, improved concentration and a boosted immune system – reducing time lost due to common workplace illnesses including the common cold and flu.

“Simple steps like replacing sugary snacks and drinks in the workplace with a fruit bowl or healthy smoothies can help promote better nutrition. It’s important to communicate any changes carefully, so that employees don’t feel the organisation is being judgemental.”


“Research has shown that learning throughout life can help us maintain and improve our levels of wellbeing. Doing something we haven’t done before makes us challenge ourselves, setting goals gives us a sense of purpose and learning can have a positive impact on our mental health.

“Learning doesn’t have to be solely academic, staff can learn by working in different areas in the workplace or partaking in a group class. Allowing your staff the time and opportunity to expand their knowledge is a great way to keep your team motivated.”

If you’d like to know more please visit the Career Welfare Index Report 

Author: Editorial Team

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