Large majority of British workers enjoy their jobs and are proud of what they do

Four in five British adults are proud of the work they do, while two thirds enjoy going to work most days, a new study suggests. The ComRes survey, conducted for the BBC, also claims that women are more likely than men to enjoy their work and public sector workers have more pride in their jobs than those in the private sector. It also found that workers in London claim to be happier in their jobs than people in the rest of the country, in spite of their most commonly cited gripes about commuting in the capital.

According to the study:

  • Adults in work in Britain appear to have a positive view of the work they do; four in five (79 percent) say they are proud of the work they do and two thirds (68 percent) say they enjoy going to work most days.
  • Adults working in the public sector are significantly more likely than those in the private sector to say they are proud of the work they do (86 percent v 77 percent).
  • Interestingly, women in work are significantly more likely than men in work to say they enjoy going to work most days (74 percent v 63 percent).
  • Working adults in London are more likely than the British average to say they enjoy going to work most days (78 percent v 68 percent).
  • Working adults aged over 55 are significantly more likely than their younger peers to say that the nature of work is one of their top three most important factors to consider when taking a job (60 percent compared to 48 percent of 35-54 year olds and 49 percent of 18-34 year olds).
  • Adults in work with children are significantly more likely than those without children to say work/life balance is one of the top three most important factors in their decision to take a job (78 percent vs 64 percent).
  • Conversely, working adults without children are significantly more likely to cite the nature of the work in their three most important factors in taking a job than those with children (54 percent vs 43 percent).
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