UK PR Pros Aren’t Too Satisfied with Their Jobs


We know that PR executive and event planner always score near the top of the annual “world’s most stressful jobs” list, but all that career anxiety isn’t leading to job satisfaction—at least not in the United Kingdom.

The Cabinet Office, or the “corporate headquarters for government” in the UK, performed this latest job satisfaction survey as “part of the prime minister’s commitment to find policies that boost the wellbeing of the nation”; the office eventually intends to create “a web-based calculator” to help job seekers find that perfect balance between pay rates and job satisfaction, which don’t come anywhere close to lining up.

Surprises, predictable findings and cause for concern after the jump.

First: “public relations professional” ranked 98th out of 274 entries, so we almost made the top third of all positions considered.

That said, we’re well above the unlucky last place finishers, “publicans and managers of licensed premises” or bar owners.

In fact, the act of serving alcohol doesn’t appear to make for a particularly satisfying career in any capacity: “bar staff” ranked at #266.

Some details:

  • Clergymen and CEOs scored highest on the satisfaction scale despite the dramatic disparity in average pay ($35K vs. $190K), so there’s something to be said for dedication to one’s work
  • Rounding out the very bottom of the list were telemarketers, call center operators, debt collectors, security guards, and ambulance staffers who don’t happen to be paramedics

Some surprises:

  • No one likes to drive other people around for a living unless it’s on public transportation
  • Secretary ranked near the top of the list (#4) despite a dismal pay rate
  • Marketing and sales directors also finished close to the top at #24
  • Physical therapists know something we don’t: “physiotherapist”, “fitness instructor” and “therapy professional” all ranked in the top 16
  • The average “artist” earned nearly $50K last year despite falling near the bottom of the list at #192 (we blame existential dread)
  • On average, editors somehow made more than PR professionals in the UK last year

While this is all fairly interesting, we’re not quite sure how David Cameron’s government will pivot from the study to “use policy to boost the happiness of the nation” beyond telling everyone that tending bar is nowhere near as much fun as it might appear to be.

Sorry, Sam Malone, but Frasier has you beat (psychologist, #119).

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