Maintaining work-life balance can be very tough especially in the UK. Indeed more than two-fifths of UK employees feel  the balance between their job and personal lives is not good, according to a research conducted by global management consultancy Hay Group. Even worse, only half of them believe that their employer is sensitive to the need to balance home and work. Many other researches have underlined the low work-life balance of UK workers and the lack of involvement from companies to ensure that their employees are satisfied both in work and outside it.

However there are some jobs that can allow a more flexible schedule & work environment and thus a greater balance between time spent at work and personal life. Glassdoor has compiled the best jobs for work-life balance based on employee feedback over the past year.  

10. Marketing Manager

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Average Salary: £40,000

9. Research Associate

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: £32,000

8. Human Resource Specialist

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: £43,500

7. Human Resources Manager

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Average Salary: £45,000

6. Marketing Executive

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: £25,000

5. Product Manager

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Average Salary: £49,500

4. Senior Business Analyst

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: £48,000

3. Research Assistant

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.0
  • Salary: £26,500

2. Commercial Manager

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.0
  • Average Salary: £45,000

1. Web Developer

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.1
  • Salary: £28,000


Glassdoor’s Methodology:

For a job title to be considered for Glassdoor’s report on the 20 Best UK Jobs for Work-Life Balance, job titles must have at least 20 work-life balance ratings shared by UK-based employees over the past year (1/10/14 – 30/09/15) from a minimum of 15 companies. Of the job titles that meet this criteria, they must also include “work life balance” and/or related terms as a pro of the job in at least 15% of reviews. Job titles considered for this report must have at least 200 job openings, which represent active job listings on Glassdoor as of 15/10/15. Rankings represent ratings beyond the thousandth, and ratings are rounded to the nearest tenth for simplicity of reporting. This report takes into account job title normalization that groups similar job titles.


There are some interesting facts that can be learnt from this Glassdoor study:

  • As we are used to say “Money can’t buy happiness”, which seems quite right when looking at the top 10. The web developer positions are the one providing the best work-life balance while their only ranked 7th based on average salary.
  • These jobs are not accessible to anyone, most of the open positions for such jobs require at least a Bachelor degree.
  • According to Glassdoor methodology, job titles considered must have at least 200 job openings. However this analysis is based on different companies. So is work-life balance really related to job type ? It would be interesting to make the same analysis with companies.