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Unhappy media camper? It might be time to consider the clergy

Cabinet Office report suggests PRs are happier than journalists even though they earn less on average.

A survey by the Cabinet Office has revealed that ‘public relations professionals’ and ‘journalists, newspaper and periodical editors’ rank in 98th and 111th respectively out of 274 professions in a study of the UK’s happiest workers.

Public relations professionals had a satisfaction rating of 7.426 and a mean income of £31,818. This compares to a satisfaction rating of 7.402 and average salary of £35,117 for journalists, newspaper and periodical editors. The highest rating was 8.291 for the clergy.

‘Photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators’ fared much worse in the rankings – with a score of 7.047 this profession ranked 217th. Not a happy bunch (relatively at least). Their average income was found to be £24,242.

The five happiest professions in order were revealed to be the clergy, chief executives and senior officials, managers and proprietors in agriculture and horticulture, company secretaries, and quality assurance and regulatory professionals. The five unhappiest are publicans and managers of licensed premises, elementary construction occupations, debt, rent and other cash collectors, industrial cleaning process occupations and floorers and wall tilers. The full list can be found here.

The rankings take into account both salaries and the sense of achievement and personal reward people take from their work. To be considered happy, a worker must have a clear idea of what is expected of them, some freedom and control in the workplace, feel valued by their bosses and achieve the best balance between work and family life.

Ratings were calculated using happiness measures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Annual Population Survey and ONS pay estimates.

So are you a dissatisfied PR, journalist, editor or photographer? Then maybe you should start looking into ordination. Or you could expand that smallholding.

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