The long-term unemployed are happier when working


The majority of people who move off benefits and into work say that having a job improves their quality of life, according to new research.

Working Links – an organisation that helps the long-term unemployed find work – conducted the survey. Of its 1,300 clients, 80% said they were more satisfied with life since finding work.

The three most positive changes were cited as: more self-confidence (67%); increased self-motivation (62%); and a greater quality of life (57%).

Most of those asked (84%) said their job had improved since starting it, with 59% saying they had gained new skills and 42% reporting they had been given a pay rise. 

 “These findings demonstrate that employment can improve an individual’s whole life, not just their financial situation,” said Keith Faulkner, MD of Working Links.

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