March 29, 2005
The 2005 Happiness Index compiled by
City & Guilds, the British-based body established in 1878
to encourage education and training in and for the workplace
has revealed some surprising statistics regarding architects.
Only two percent of architects enjoy
their jobs, just one percent below civil servants, while
hairdressers top the happiness league with 40 percent claiming
to be extremely happy in their work.
City & Guilds works with industry,
government and training organisation to identify the skills
needed to support the UK economy, and makes awards for vocational
learning. Hot off the heels of hairdressers in the index are
chefs (23 percent), beauticians (22 percent) and plumbers
(20 percent). Hairdressers find their job satisfying because
of fast results and a personal touch.
Whether architects are more likely to
be unhappy in their work due to the risks of the profession,
its arduous slowness, or feeling undervalued, is unclear.
Chris Humphries, director general of City & Guilds comments:
Nowadays true job satisfaction and happiness is about
fulfilling your full potential, tapping into your own creativity
and feeling that you make a difference.