What’s the UK’s most stressful job?

Did you know: senior managers just below board level are the most stressed in the UK CREDIT: GETTY

From clergymen to CEOs, the Telegraph and Channel 5 take a closer look at the most stressful jobs in the UK.

When it comes to the workplace, a Telegraph and Channel 5 survey released in tandem with Channel 5’s new series, Rich House, Poor House, has found that despite the stereotype of the stressed-out chief executive chained to a desk, being near the top of the career ladder may leave you feeling less worried about your job.

Those earning £100,000 or more – the Rich House side of the street – are, in fact, the happiest group in the country, suggesting the old adage that money can’t buy you happiness didn’t quite get it right – but there were also some more surprising findings from the research.

The UK Happiness Survey, created by the Telegraph and Channel 5, asked 5,800 people across the UK about their happiness and stress levels and how these are connected to their financial situation. Channel 5’s thought-provoking new programme, Rich House, Poor House, explores these issues in more depth as it asks two families at opposite ends of the wealth scale to swap budgets each week and share what they learned about money and happiness with each other.

A happy C-Suite

The so called “C-suite” – those at the top of the corporate tree who are more likely to live in a “Rich House” and have job titles beginning with “C” such as CEO, CFO and CIO – are the least stressed group in the UK, according to the Telegraph and Channel 5’s UK Happiness Survey.

However, those senior managers toiling just below board level were the most stressed, suggesting that people living in the squeezed middle of the employment world are still finding working life difficult.

The figures suggest there is an income “sweet spot” where earners find life less stressful despite not having a huge bank balance.

Stress and income level

The poorest respondents – those earning under £19,000 – reported some of the highest stress levels. Meanwhile, those earning between £60,000 and £100,000 a year were not far behind. However, there was a huge drop in stress levels for the income group earning between £20,000 and £40,000, which may suggest that this level of pay – which corresponds with the UK average – may be enough to keep stress at bay.

Stress levels rose dramatically when earnings tipped over £40,000, and remained high for all other income groups.

However, despite reporting higher stress levels, those on higher wages also felt happier. Those earning more than £100,000 were the happiest group (no surprises there), followed by those earning £60,000 to £100,000, then those earning between £40,000 and £60,000. But will Rich House, Poor House also find the wealthiest people are the happiest, or could there be more surprising results once the families have swapped homes for a week?

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Source By http://www.telegraph.co.uk

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