The amount of Brits who are happy at work has jumped by a fifth (20%) compared to this time last year according to Office Angels’ ‘Happiness at Work’ study. More than half (56%) of workers stated they were happy at work during quarter two 2013, compared to just a third (36%) during quarter two 2012.

Those working in Sales, Media and Marketing are the happiest with 78% classing themselves as happy. Those working in the financial industries are the unhappiest workers in the country – a third (32%) described themselves as unhappy at work.

The happiest workers in the country are those in the North West and South West, reporting happiness levels of 65% and 61%, compared to the national average of 56%.

Two-thirds (68%) of workers aged 18-24 said they were happy at work, compared to less than half (48%) of workers aged 45-54, indicating much higher levels of job satisfaction amongst the young.

The research also found:

  • The North East has lowest happiness levels, with just four in ten (43%) stating that they are happy in their current job
  • Arts & Culture was the second happiest sector with over two-thirds (69%) of people saying they were happy in their current job. This is however down by 7% from last quarter

Darren Roscoe, Operations Director at Office Angels said:

“Our research shows that overall the UK workforce is showing very high levels of happiness and job satisfaction, especially when compared to this time last year. As we draw to the end of a summer of sunshine, Wimbledon success and the Royal baby, it is no surprise that there is an air of positivity.

“Looking beyond this, the outlook for the jobs market appears to be particularly optimistic. Such high happiness levels suggest employers are focussing on the wellbeing of their employees and creating a workplace where people want to stay.”