World’s Best jobs and best work-life Balance
A busy job doesn’t always leave time for the good things in life. Long hours at the office and a near-permanent state of connectedness means family and fun are often pushed down our list of priorities. We’re all in search of the elusive “work-life balance”, so which career paths offer us the best chance of achieving it?
A handful of countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, Qatar or Bahrain, are home to more best jobs, but, according to a massive new Gallup survey of nearly half-a-million adults around the world, the United States job market has a larger share of best jobs than all but one other country. It is second only to Panama and tied with Uzbekistan and Russia.
A good job is one that includes at least 30 hours of consistent weekly work that comes with a pay cheque from an employer. In other words, a full-time job. Based on that definition, an estimated 1.3 billion of the world’s 5 billion adults have good jobs, according to Gallup.
But having a job is one thing. Enjoying it is another altogether. Based on a series of additional questions, Gallup found that 14 per cent of the adults with good jobs also felt engaged at work. Those full-time workers who also enjoyed what they do are the ones with great jobs, according to Gallup.
“The dream of men and women around the world is to have a good job and, ultimately, a great job,” Gallup Global Analytics Managing Director Jon Clifton writes in the report. “Yet fewer than 200 million people are realizing this dream. Global leaders need to make ‘great job’ creation a top priority.”
A wide range of people report having a good, full-time job, from as low as 7 per cent of adults in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso to as much as 63 per cent of adults in the UAE — which, Gallup points out, is home to a large population of expatriates who live there just to work. Great jobs, a subset of the good ones, are held by as little as 1 per cent of adults in 11 countries, mostly in Africa and Asia, and as much as 13 per cent of adults in Panama.
Globally, the share of adults in a country who hold great jobs rarely surpasses 10 per cent. In fact, only six of 130 countries are at or above that threshold. They are Panama, the United States, Russia, Uzbekistan, Mongolia and Chile.
“People’s careers help shape their identity and well-being, so it makes sense that Gallup’s global surveys reveal that people with a ‘good job’ tend to rate their present and future lives more positively than those who don’t have a good job,” Gallup reports.
Gallup classified each individual as “thriving,” “struggling,” or “suffering,” based on how they responded to a commonly used life evaluation measure, the Cantril Self-Anchoring Striving Scale.
In every major region of the world, those with good jobs are more likely to fall into the thriving category than the overall population. People who hold great jobs consistently beat both those who have good jobs and the population overall.
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