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February 2023

Which jobs make us happy?

Which jobs make us happy?


The time we spend in paid employment is a large part of life in the UK and is a major factor in our wellbeing – but what do we know about the subjective wellbeing associated with a particular job or career?

We looked at all four ONS4 measures (life satisfaction, happiness, anxiety and worthwhile) for nine main Standard Occupational Classification occupation types.

Data was taken from the UK Annual Population Survey 2012-2022 and the 2020 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings.

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How does salary affect wellbeing?

How does contract type affect wellbeing?

How does job location affect wellbeing?

How has wellbeing changed over time across different occupations?

How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected the wellbeing of different occupations?

How does wellbeing vary between occupations?

Using these insights

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