Germany, the economic engine of Europe, ranks as the top country to work in. German workers may not boast the highest average salary (that distinction belongs to the Netherlands, in fourth place overall, where people earn on average £39,000 a year), but they work the fewest hours per week (26), and have one of the lowest living costs.
In second place is France, with the highest paid leave (30 days per year), so it is apparent the republic has a healthy regard for a good work/life balance. There is even a proposed law banning out-of-hours emails, the so-called ‘right to disconnect’.
While it is clear that no countries are equal, neither are job benefits, and the study found that depending on the type of work you do, some countries offer better rewards than others. To explain in simple terms, you would probably far prefer to be a lifeguard in Portugal than in Britain.
So where should you work, depending on your job? An interactive tool at TotallyMoney.com allows you to choose your profession, and compare the pros and cons of working in each country. So if you’re a bus driver, you should head for Spain (followed by Greece or Cyprus), while chefs will do best in Sweden, followed by Spain and Portugal. Electricians will make most money in France (followed by Greece and Spain), and IT consultants should head for Germany (then Greece and Spain). Britain, however, is the best country to work in if you are a train driver, airline pilot or accountant.
Are Britons going to up sticks and head to Europe? Or are we happy with what we have? Well, again, this depends on your chosen career. One-third of Britons feel over-worked, with 55% also feeling underpaid – and, perhaps as a result, over 55% of Brits have considered moving to a different country. However, leaving family and friends is the biggest worry for Brits when considering moving to a different country.
Those who work in the energy and utilities sector are the most keen to leave the UK (73%), while people who work in insurance and pensions are happiest to stay, with only 37% wanting to leave.