Professional jealousy grips the nation

Almost
nine out of 10 office workers suffer from ‘professional envy’ of colleagues
they perceive to have more glamorous or better paid jobs, according to a survey
by Office Angels.

The
survey of 1,500 office workers by the recruitment consultancy found more than
two-thirds of respondents felt professional jealousy towards friends who made
their own working life appear bland in comparison.

Almost
a third envy a partner or spouse’s job, while a fifth feel jealous of a work
colleague who is further up the career ladder.

The
poll showed the top five most envied careers are:

1
Media/TV, eg, director or producer for the celebrity lifestyle/glamour 

2
Investment banker/stock market for the money

3
Journalist for being in the ‘know’

4
Restaurateur for the complementary gastronomic delights

5
Entrepreneur for the freedom from corporate life

By Michael Millar