Revealed: Recruitment professionals are some of the happiest in the UK

Do you feel happy on a daily basis?

The UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, recently posed this question to the population and found that 58.7% of Brits do indeed feel happy every day, with this figure rising to a significant 70% amongst recruitment professionals.

In fact, the study of 2,000 working professionals comes just in time for what leading psychologist, Dr Cliff Arnall, describes as the happiest day of the year*, and reveals that workers in certain industries are some of the happiest in the UK. The top 10 list includes:

  • Sales – 72.7%
  • Automotive – 70.7%
  • Recruitment – 70%
  • Design – 69.2%
  • Retail – 67.6%
  • IT – 66.7%
  • Marketing 63.6%
  • Finance – 61.7%
  • Customer Service – 60.8%
  • Property – 60%

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library comments: “At a time where it’s harder to recruit than ever before, it’s fantastic to see that the majority of professionals still feel happy on a daily basis. The findings got me thinking about an article I read once which really resonated with me: it said that success isn’t the key to happiness, it’s happiness that’s the key to success. I agree that feeling good in ourselves makes it easier to achieve our goals, whether that’s in our personal or professional lives.” 

What’s more, according to the data, a further 56.7% of Brits enjoy their job, with this figure rising to an impressive 71% amongst recruitment professionals.

Biggins concludes: “While our findings are largely positive, it’s important to remember that no-one can be happy all the time. Being able to make the most of the good times and cope effectively when life does get tough is crucial. If you are struggling, it’s important to not only seek professional help or talk to your loved ones, but also to really consider what’s making you unhappy. Make a list and try to think of solutions: maybe it’s time to find a new job, start a new hobby, or even take some time out to think about your goals.”

*Dr Cliff Arnall claims 14th July is when Brits reach peak wellbeing levels thanks to a combination of factors, including: good weather, school holidays and longer hours of daylight

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