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The best and worst jobs revealed!

John Martin
September 16, 2022

A new study has revealed the best and worst jobs in the UK. Led by academics from the London and Paris schools of economics, the team working on the study tried to work out what it calls UK employees’ ‘full earnings’ - how income stacks up against wellbeing.

The study suggests that the best jobs have autonomy and satisfaction from completing tasks in common and the worst involve workers having to deal with other people’s problems.

It also suggests that if you take wellbeing into account, income inequality in the UK, which is already the worst in Europe, is a third wider than it was thought before.

According to the study, the jobs that rate highest for ‘full earnings’ include:

  • Chief executives
  • Elected representatives such as MPs
  • Construction and building trade supervisors
  • Plasterer
  • Floorers
  • Wall tilers
  • Decorators
  • Pilots
  • Flight Engineers
  • Ship and hovercraft engineers
  • Sports coaches and fitness instructors

At the other end of the spectrum, the jobs where a lack of happiness brings down full earnings include:

  • Call centre workers
  • Lawyers
  • IT support workers
  • Local government administrators
  • Hospital porters
  • Kitchen assistants
  • Bar staff
  • Waiting staff
  • Theme park attendants

Andrew Clark, professor at the Paris School of Economics, said that ways to tackle the hard cash inequality could include taxation and raising the minimum wage, plus strengthening trade unions could help with broader wellbeing.