40 year old women the most fulfilled at work?



According to a survey conducted by Randstad, it appears that 40-year-old women are likely to be the most fulfilled at work. The study suggests that in the UK, the most satisfied workers tend to be well-educated women in their forties, earning approximately £31,000. This finding aligns with the survey’s discovery that one in six UK workers describe themselves as highly fulfilled.

As part of their research into Fulfilment@Work, Randstad analysed the characteristics and views of over 2,000 UK workers to better understand professional fulfilment and profile the UK’s most fulfilled staff.

The findings show that it is ambitious women who are getting the most from work. UK workers who describe themselves as very fulfilled in their professional lives are most likely to be well-educated women aged 40. They are also likely to be confident, with a positive personality, and have a job in a secure or stable industry that offers good work/life balance. They are also most likely to work in an environment where they have a sense of vocation or responsibility in their work.

Mark Bull, CEO of Randstad UK and the Middle East, said: “As the debate about equal opportunities at work continues, it’s inspiring to see that women are on top in terms of fulfilment. Clearly, not everyone in the UK can be a well-educated, 40 year old woman. But you don’t have to fit the typical profile of a very fulfilled worker in order to reach your full potential and feel more fulfilled in your career.

“Our research has shown that the majority of those who describe themselves as fulfilled feel the key to achieving it is firmly in their own hands. It’s up to us to determine how engaged we are in our day-to-day work. Employers play their part, of course, but many of us need to grasp the nettle and proactively make changes to increase our fulfilment.”

The findings also showed how the profile of the average UK worker compares to their most fulfilled peers. A typical member of the UK workforce is likely to be aged 42, earn £29,000 per year and feel moderately fulfilled. In contrast to those who say they are very fulfilled, the average UK worker says they are only confident occasionally and are more likely to lay credit any lack of professional fulfilment at the door of their employer.

The research also explored levels of fulfilment by industry sector and found that the industry with the highest proportion of very fulfilled workers is construction, property and engineering. Over a third of those working in the sector say they are very fulfilled in their jobs, more than twice the UK average.

Also above average were those working in farming, professional services, education and social work.

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