MANCHESTER has been named the eighth happiest city to work in the UK.

A survey by business psychologists OPP found that Mancunians join workers from Southampton and Bristol in the top ten of high employee satisfaction.

The UK’s most cheerful workers can be found in Norwich, Liverpool and Birmingham, with more than 70 per cent of employees feeling fulfilled within their career.

Seventy one per cent of UK’s employees feel satisfied in their current job, according to survey of more than 2,500 employees.

However, fulfilment within workers is at its lowest in Newcastle, Glasgow and Cardiff, even though employee happiness is on the rise, as 36 per cent of all surveyed employees said they feel more content at work than they did last year.

The top three factors influencing satisfaction within employees were: workload (26 per cent), salary increases (25 per cent) and changes in management (22 per cent).

Regardless of improving satisfaction levels, over a third of UK workers do not feel successful at work and feel that they don’t receive the support they need.

Workplace dissatisfaction peaks among employees working in the finance sector and 18 per cent describe themselves as very or quite dissatisfied, closely followed by retail, catering and leisure were 16 per cent of staff feel disconnected at work.

A staggering 79 per cent of workers in architecture, engineering and building feel satisfied in their roles, as do those working in sales, media and marketing.

John Hackston, Head of Research at OPP, said: “Although it is great to see employee happiness on the rise, our research shows that job satisfaction doesn’t fully translate into feelings successful at work.

“By addressing the factors that affect workplace satisfaction, businesses can help their employees achieve their full potential.”

By Rachel Foy

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