Landscapers revealed as the happiest professionals in the UK

International Week of Happiness at Work is this week, and it’s something all of us at Bark.com are huge advocates of. However, we’re aware that the majority of our professionals are self-employed, and how they feel about their jobs isn’t always recognised. 

On top of our own curiosity, recent research has revealed that workplace happiness in Britain is down 20% in the last three years, with 83% of frontline workers unable to recall anything that has made them feel more positive about their working life in the last month* – pretty shocking statistics.

So, we decided to ask 40,000 of our professionals across over 43 different sectors to fill out our Happiness Survey, to see just how happy rolling out of bed in the morning makes them.  We specifically asked them to rate how happy their jobs made them from one to five – with one being ‘unhappy’, and five ‘very happy’.

We discovered that when it comes to the happiest profession in the country, the title goes to Landscaping, closely followed by Dog Walkers and then Counsellors. 

Here are the top ten happiest professions according to our research, as well as the percentage of people which said their job makes them ‘very happy’:

  1. Landscapers – 86%
  2. Dog Walkers – 78% 
  3. Counsellors – 74%
  4. Wedding Photographers – 68%
  5. Architects – 65%
  6. Tutors – 63%
  7. Tennis Coaches – 62%
  8. Ski Instructors – 59%
  9. Gardeners – 55%
  10. Personal Trainers – 51% 

Although this week is all about happiness at work, our survey also gave us some insight into some of the unhappiest professions in the UK. The ten unhappiest professions, as well as the percentage of people who said their job made them ‘unhappy’, is as follows:

  1. Cleaners – 73%
  2. Plumbers – 68%
  3. Accountants – 61%
  4. Electricians – 60%
  5. Life Coaches – 57%
  6. Window Cleaners – 56%
  7. Painter & Decorators – 54%
  8. Lawyers – 51%
  9. Web Designers – 50%
  10. Tree Surgeons – 50% 

When asked ‘what is your favourite part about your job’, more than two thirds (67%) of the people working within the top five happiest sectors stated ‘working outside’. On the other hand, for the people who worked within the five unhappiest sectors, when asked what they most disliked about their job, more than half (59%) said they felt their job had ‘no real value’ – which we found surprising.

We also decided to break the data down by region to reveal which areas of the UK are the happiest at work. Here you can find the five happiest regions, and the percentage of professionals who stated their job made them ‘happy’ to ‘very happy’ in each of these areas:

  1. West Midlands – 71%
  2. City and County of Bristol – 68%
  3. Buckinghamshire – 62%
  4. Cornwall – 61%
  5. Wiltshire – 57%

We’ve also pulled together data for the unhappiest regions, which you can see here, as well as the percentage of respondents who selected ‘unhappy’ in our survey.

  1. Greater London – 48%
  2. Lanarkshire – 43%
  3. Lancashire – 42%
  4. Durham – 40%
  5. Surrey – 36%

Kai Feller, co-founder of Bark.com, said,

“Being happy at work is very important, both for an employee and an employer. The happier your staff are, the more productive they’ll be, and aside from this, employers should always want their employees to feel happy and valued.

“Given Bark.com’s hundreds of thousands of professionals across such a huge variety of sectors, we were in a good position to find out which professions are the ‘happiest’, and you never know, it might inspire someone to take the plunge and change careers!”

Skillpages is now Bark.com! – FAQs

Have you heard? Skillpages has been acquired by Bark.com!

But what does this mean for you, and your Skillpages/Bark account? If you have a query in relation to Skillpages or Bark, please review our FAQs below.

Q. I’ve forgotten my Password. Please can you help?

A. If you are a seller and would like to find out your password, enter your email address here and we will send you a link to reset your password. If you are a buyer, click here.

If you are a UK Skillpages user and have not claimed your profile, doing so will register you with Bark for free. Once you claim your profile, a new password will be issued.

For non-UK Skillpages users, we are working hard to expand our service. If you wish to delete your account, just let us know.

Q. I am looking for a local service and have come across Bark.com. How do I use your service?

A. Bark is the best way to find local services and also a great way for local service providers to grow their business. If you are looking for a local service, just head to bark.com and request a service you need and where you need it. We will then match you with the most relevant local service provider.

If you are a local business and interested in becoming a local service provider, head to our website and register for free. When a customer requests a service relevant to your business, we will alert you.

Q. I am interested in becoming a Bark seller. How do I go about this?

A. It’s great to hear that you’re interested in becoming a seller with Bark.com. Registration is free, just head to our website and create an account.

Q. How do I delete my Skillpages account?

A. We’re sorry to hear that you want to delete your Skillpages account. Please send us either your registered Skillpages email address, or a link to your Skillpages profile on Bark to team@bark.com, stating that you’d like to delete your account, and we will delete your account for you.

We shall be in touch to confirm account deletion.

Q. I cannot log-in to my account. Please can you help?

A. If you are a UK Skillpages user and have not claimed your profile, doing so will register you with Bark. Once you claim your profile, a new password will be issued.

If you’re in the UK and have already claimed your Skillpages profile you can reset your password here.

Q. What’s happened to my Skillpages page?

A. All Skillpages profile pages have been migrated to Bark.com and are still visible. UK users can upgrade for free to a Bark.com account and begin receiving leads.

We’re working on extending this functionality to non-UK users.

Q. When will Skillpages/Bark be available in my country?

A. We are active in the UK currently but we are working hard to expand in the future. We will contact relevant Skillpages users when Bark comes available in their territory

Q. What happened to Skillpages, and why is it now called Bark?

A. We are pleased to announce that Skillpages has been acquired by Bark.com!

Q. Is my profile still safe?

A. Yes. All of your data from your Skillpages account is safe and will be transferred to Bark.com.

Q. I live outside the UK would like to use Bark

A. We are currently operating in the UK but are working hard to open up new territories in the future.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Bark team via:

Phone: +44 207 117 2656

Email: contact@bark.com

Twitter: @BarkTeam

Facebook: Bark.com