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GPs and practice managers rank in top ten of happiest jobs

Practice managers and medical practitioners ranked sixth and seventh respectively in the Cabinet Office’s ‘job satisfaction calculator’ published this week.

The report examines wellbeing alongside wealth using data gathered from the Office for National Statistics about how the job affects people’s physical and mental health, family, the environment and the community among other areas.

It found that clergymen were the happiest profession, while doctors fell behind chief executives and company secretaries in the index, but placed well ahead of disillusioned pub landlords who came in last at 274th on the list.

Although practice managers’ mean income is considerably lower than GPs at £31,267, they ranked their job satisfaction at 7.843 while medical practitioners, taking home £70,648, rated their happiness at a slightly lower 7.836.

The index is part of the Government’s initiative to explore the link between differing pay and satisfaction amongst jobs. The presence of lower-paid jobs in the top 20 reveal that high-paying jobs are not always a guarantee of happiness.

The Cabinet Office plans to provide a web-based calculator that will allow those at career-path crossroads to compare the average salaries and life-satisfaction associated with each industry.


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