Plymouth has the happiest workers in the UK – but which city has the most miserable?
A survey of 30 cities has found that Plymouth’s workers are the happiest, while Aberystwyth’s are the most miserable about their jobs
Yahoo Finance UK/fotolia – Workers in Plymouth are the happiest in the UK, according to a new survey
A survey of 2,000 Britons in 30 cities across the UK found that Plymouth has the happiest workers, while Aberystwyth residents are the most miserable about their jobs
On a scale of one to 10, where one is unhappy and 10 is happy, the average British worker rates his or her work-related contentment at a measly 5.74 .
In October, 2000 respondents in 30 cities across the UK were asked several questions about their work/life balance, such as how many hours overtime they work, how many jobs they have held in the last five years, and how happy they are in their current jobs.
The city with the happiest workers , with an average rating of 7.25 out of 10, is Plymouth .
Leeds, with a happiness rating of 6.67, ranks second, while Wrexham and Oxford tie for third place.
Bringing up the rear, with a rating less than half as happy as Plymouth’s, is Aberystwyth . On a scale of one to 10, the residents of the Welsh city put their workplace happiness at an average of 3.42 .
Simon Prince, marketing manager at Conference Genie, the conference calling service provider that commissioned the study , pointed to flexible working as a key measure in job happiness.
Unsurprisingly, 58pc of Aberystwyth workers said they would relocate for a new job, compared to just 29pc of Plymouth workers.
Of the UK’s other major cities, Manchester ranked joint sixth alongside Norwich, with a work happiness rating of 6.23; Glasgow came 9th with 6.02; London ranked 14th with 5.76 — just above the UK’s average work happiness rating of 5.74; while Birmingham made it to the 21st spot, with 5.12.
The average British worker toils an extra 6.36 hours above his or her contracted hours each week . Londoners and Glaswegians work an extra seven hours, but Cambridge tops the table with more than eight and a half hours overtime clocked up each week. Oxford’s workers, on the other hand, work just four and a half hours extra, the fourth lowest of the 30 British cities included in the survey.