HAPPY CRIMPERS; Hairdressers Head List for Job Satisfaction
Byline: By Donna Watson
HAIRDRESSERS are head and shoulders above other workers when it comes to loving their jobs.
Other professions with a spring in their step include vicars and chefs, so Gordon Ramsay's kitchen rants must belie his cheeriness.
Researchers found that almost a fifth - 18 per cent - of vocational workers are happy in their work, compared to ten per cent of white-collar workers.
For those workers who take the academic route, dog collars rather than white collars bring most happiness - almost a quarter of clergy are very happy with their jobs.
However, not everyone is whistling while they work.
Bottom of the league table are civil servants, social workers and architects.
The annual happiness index is compiled by City and Guilds, an awards body for work-related qualifications.
Director general Chris Humphries said: 'Nowadays, true job satisfaction and happiness is about fulfilling your potential, tapping into your creativity and feeling you can make a difference.
'More people than ever are swapping desk-bound jobs for a vocation that allows them to be hands-on and in charge of their own destiny.
'As people spend so much time at work, it's important they enjoy what they do and build on skills they have.'
The 2005 happiness index, which quizzed 1250 workers, also reveals a new trend for parity of pay satisfaction between vocational and white-collar workers.
More than half of white-collar workers think they are fairly rewarded financially, compared with 51 per cent of tradespeople. …