Want to be happy in your work? Go to theological college and avoid a career pulling pints. That would seem to be one conclusion to draw from a new study into wellbeing and public policy, which found that employees reporting greatest job satisfaction were vicars, while publicans ”“ who on average earn almost Â£5,000 a year more ”“ were the least happy in their work.
Overall job satisfaction, in fact, has little to do with salary, according to the figures drawn from Office for National Statistics data. While company chief executives, earning Â£117,700 a year on average, were found to be the second happiest employees (mean clergy income by contrast is a mere Â£20,568), company secretaries, fitness instructors and school secretaries, all earning less than Â£19,000 a year, emerged among the top 20 most satisfying careers.