Welsh staff are the happiest workers in the UK

Welsh
workers are ‘significantly happier’ in their jobs than staff elsewhere in the
UK, a new study has claimed.

It
found that while Wales has the lowest wages in the UK, the Welsh job
satisfaction level was ‘significantly higher’ than anywhere else in the
country.

It
suggested this could be because ‘lower earnings tend to be associated with
higher levels of unemployment and inactivity, so that being in work may be
regarded more favourably in more depressed regions’.

Another
suggestion the study puts forward is that the climate of industrial relations
is said to be better in Wales than in the rest of the country.

The
research, published at the annual Royal Economic Society meeting in Swansea,
also suggested that the Welsh may simply be less materialistic and less
concerned with money. It also found that Welsh women are more satisfied with
their jobs than their male counterparts.

By Mike Berry

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