People who work from home are the happiest workers in Scotland.

A new survey reveals that the Happiness Index, created to quantify personal happiness, shows that people become less happy, the longer they have to commute to work.

The survey, conducted by Bank of Scotland in conjunction with YouGov, assigns a score between 100 and minus 100 to quantify personal happiness. It shows that people become less happy, the longer they have to commute to work.

Home workers top the happiness poll with a net score of plus 55.17, while workers with a commute of only 15 minutes score plus 42.91.  The score for those with a commute of more than an hour falls dramatically to plus 29.58.

For workers who do commute to work, walking is what makes them happiest (plus 43.16). The only exception to this is millennials, with 16-24 year old walkers reaching a score of just plus 15.44, even though almost half (45 per cent) of them walk to school, work or college. The score jumps sharply for 25-34 year olds (plus 42.91) with the happiest walkers being 55+ year olds (plus 56.83).

Rail users came in second (plus 42.42), while drivers are the third happiest commuters (plus 40.95). Those who travel by bus are the least happy, attracting a much lower score of plus 34.62.

Part time workers feel happier than those with full time jobs, scoring plus 43.28, compared to their full time peers (plus 39.29). Not surprisingly, those who are unemployed reported the low score of plus 16.92.

Overall, workers in Scotland are happier than last year with a happiness score of plus 40.2, up on last year’s score of plus 37.40.

Scots with jobs in arts, entertainment and recreation are the happiest workers with a happiness score of plus 57.92. Jobs in hotels and lodging came a distant second (plus 45.81) followed by jobs in personal care (plus 45.69).

People with jobs in law or legal services scored the lowest score of plus 16.63. This is the lowest happiness score by some margin.

Graham Blair, Bank of Scotland’s Mortgage Director said, “Scotland’s workforce is getting happier and it is clear that arrangements that allow people to work more flexibly are making a real difference. Those who work from home will be saving time and money on commuting costs, while part time working is a great option for busy families that have young children or other commitments.

 “It is also interesting that the jobs that make people most happy are not the roles that pay the highest salaries. The creative, tourism and personal care sectors offer lower pay than other sectors, which goes to show that money doesn’t always buy you happiness.”



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