Study reveals hardest jobs in the country – and the signs to look for in a hard worker

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A study has revealed what the hardest jobs in the country are – and it has highlighted the signs to look for in a hard worker.

Helping colleagues when you don’t need to, never missing a deadline – and volunteering for more made the list as signs of a ‘hard worker’, according to the research.

Other signs you’re impressing your boss include having a comprehensive to-do list, getting in early and staying late, and offering to go to boring meetings.

The poll of 2,000 office workers also found eight in 10 of those polled think they toil as hard as they possibly can, every single day.

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One in three do so because they respect their boss, and the same amount just love their work – while 42 per cent ‘thrive’ on being busy.

The research, commissioned by working animal charity SPANA, found six in 10 adults think those in the medical or healthcare field work harder than anyone else, as shown by the weekly applause across the nation.

Nurses were deemed to have the hardest job in the country, followed by doctors, paramedics – and police officers.

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Paramedics appeared on the list of hardest jobs in the country (Credit: Getty)

Other jobs people in Britain believe are harder than any others include farmers, prison wardens and social workers.

Just under one in 10 think TRAFFIC WARDENS have the hardest job in the country, while 17 per cent think sewage workers work harder than anyone else.

Geoffrey Dennis, chief executive of SPANA, which provides free veterinary treatment to working animals in developing countries worldwide, said, “It will come as no surprise that nurses, doctors and paramedics are among those deemed to have the hardest jobs in the country, especially during the very difficult times we are currently facing as a nation.

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‘‘In general, most Brits think they work hard each day – and most people are very dedicated in their professional lives.

"However, thankfully, our working conditions in the UK are usually good and labour laws exist to protect workers”.

The study also found 35 per cent of adults think firefighters have the hardest job in the country, but Fire Services watch manager Lee Hollingworth, 40, from Essex said, “I’m in the very fortunate position in that every morning I wake up, and have done for the last 19 years since I’ve been in the service, that I look forward to going to work.

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35 per cent of adults think firefighters have the hardest job in the country (Credit: Getty)

"The team spirit that is generated is very much like working within a family.”

A quarter of those polled also believe social workers have it toughest.

However, while the majority of those polled believe themselves to be hard workers, only four in 10 think they work harder than everyone else they know.

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Around 15 per cent of the working population believe they work over and above their working hours every day of the week.

And six in 10 think they deserve much higher pay than they get, for the amount of effort they put in.

But seven in 10 full-time employees find their job much more mentally demanding than exacting a physical toll, while a fifth think the work they do is equally taxing in their mind and their body.

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Geoffrey Dennis added, “For the most part, if we feel we’re working too hard we can have a screen break, take some annual leave, or stop for a cup of tea.

"Most people have colleagues they can turn to on tougher days to help pick them up too”.

Wondering if your job made the list or if you show the signs of a hard worker? Here’s what the study found…

The Hardest Jobs In The Country

  1. Nurse
  2. Doctor
  3. Paramedic
  4. Police officer
  5. Firefighter
  6. Surgeon
  7. Healthcare worker
  8. Bomb disposal engineer
  9. Farmer
  10. Prison warden
  11. Social worker
  12. Miner
  13. Teacher
  14. Care home assistant
  15. Search and rescue worker
  16. Hazardous waste removal worker
  17. Builder
  18. Oil / gas rig worker
  19. Sewer cleaner
  20. Asbestos removal operative

Top 20 Signs Of A ‘Hard Worker’

  1. Helping colleagues when you don't need to
  2. Always meeting deadlines
  3. Volunteering for work
  4. Always getting everything done on your to-do list
  5. Getting through more work than anyone else
  6. Getting in early
  7. Staying late
  8. Keeping a to-do list
  9. Never procrastinating
  10. Volunteering for meetings
  11. Going in when you're sick
  12. Never taking days off
  13. Working at weekends
  14. Staying late even when you don't have anything to do
  15. Always checking emails on evenings and weekends
  16. You don't chat at work
  17. Checking emails when on holiday
  18. You don't use all of your annual leave
  19. Never taking a lunch break
  20. Taking your laptop home every night
Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha Badkar is a lifestyle writer who specialises in health, beauty - and the royals. After completing her MA in Magazine Journalism at the City, the University of London in 2017, she interned at Women’s Health, Stylist, and Harper’s Bazaar, creating features and news pieces on health, beauty, and fitness, wellbeing, and food. She loves to practice what she preaches in her everyday life with copious amounts of herbal tea, Pilates, and hyaluronic acid.