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Happiness of UK workers is on the up finds Office Angels research

Happiness of UK workers is on the up finds Office Angels research

UKworkers are happier than they have been all year, with four in ten UK workers claiming to be happy, up 8% on last quarter according to research from Office Angels.

This is a much more positive picture than this time last year, when only just over a third (37%) described themselves as happy, while a quarter (24%) were distinctly unhappy. In contrast, just a fifth (20%) claimed to be unhappy, as opposed to nearly a third (30%) last quarter.

16-24 is the most satisfied age group, with over half (54%) claiming to be happy. The research found that while youth unemployment is increasing, those 16-24 year olds in work are getting happier.

Older workers are also more positive. The over 55s were the happiest age group last quarter with 44% claiming to be happy. This improved during the summer - now nearly half (49%) are happy.

A regional focus reveals mixed levels of happiness

Londoners are the happiest – over half (52%) are happy, 8% higher than national average. Welsh workers are also happier than national average – 47% claimed to be happy. Workers in the East Midlands are the least happy nationally – a quarter (25%) say they are unhappy – followed closely by workers in the South West – 22% are unhappy.

Steven Kirkpatrick, Managing Director at Office Angels said:

“It seems from our research that overall the UK workforce is getting happier. The UK has experienced a remarkable summer. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and Paralympics were, bar a few inevitable rain showers, runaway successes. Whether our increased happiness was the result of the golden summer is impossible to say, but with a more positive outlook for the jobs market than there has been for some time, hopefully this is a happy trend set to continue”.

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