The 20 jobs with the best work-life balance

The traditional 9 to 5 work week is becoming obsolete - but some jobs still allow employees a good work-life balance

Zlata Rodionova
Tuesday 20 October 2015 15:30 BST
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Glassdoor has identified jobs where employees get a balance by crowdsourcing information from anonymous employees
Glassdoor has identified jobs where employees get a balance by crowdsourcing information from anonymous employees (Hermione Hodgson)

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The idea that we can “have it all” – work and leisure, career and family - is fading away as new research reveals our work-life balance satisfaction has decreased in the recent years.

According to a survey of 60,000 employees, Glassdoor found that workers reported an average work-life balance satisfaction of 3.2 in 2015 down from 3,4 in 2012 and 3.5 in 2015. The rating is ordered by a job score based on a 5-point scale, where 1.0 means "very dissatisfied", 5.0 means "very satisfied" and 3 is just “ok”.

One reason is that the traditional 9 to 5 work week is becoming obsolete. Another survey from EY found that US workers report they’re working two to four hours more a week, and 36 per cent are on the job an extra five hours or more.

So where do you turn to get a job that lets you have a life?

Glassdoor has identified jobs where employees get a balance by crowdsourcing information from anonymous employees.

For a job title to be considered for the list, it had to receive at least 75 work-life balance ratings shared by US-based employees over the past year from a minimum of 75 companies.

These 20 jobs let employees lead a satisfying life both in and out of the office:

20. Financial Analyst

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.5

Salary: £38,000

Number of job vacancies: 5,728

19. Design Engineer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.6

Salary: £30,000

Number of job vacancies: 15,390

18. Managing Consultant

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.6

Salary: £72,000

Number of job vacancies: 127,377

17. Senior Software Engineer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.6

Salary: £45,000

Number of job vacancies: 512

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16. Software Engineer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.6

Salary: £35,000

Number of job vacancies: 2,315

15. Senior Associate

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7

Salary: £46,000

Number of job vacancies: 22,119

14. Business Analyst

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7

Salary: £36,200

Number of job vacancies: 4,844

13. Researcher

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7

Salary: £30,000

Number of job vacancies: 3,319

12. Data Analyst

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The Facebook data centre in Lulea (AFP)

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7

Salary: £30,000

Number of job vacancies: 1,577

11. Personal Assistant

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Miranda Streep and Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7

Salary: £25,632

Number of job vacancies: 8,744

10. Marketing Manager

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In order to minimise the risk of bullying and harassment and to provide guidance in cases where it does happen, employers should have an anti-harassment and bullying policy (Corbis)

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8

Salary: £40,000

Number of job vacancies: 3,667

09. Research Associate

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Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8

Salary: £32,000

Number of job vacancies: 19,423

08. Human Resources Specialist

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The Association of Graduate Recruiters said the gender imbalance has not improved (Corbis)

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8

Salary: £43,500

Number of job vacancies: 15,710

7. Human Resources Manager

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There are times when compliments are nice, but in the wrong environment they can be undermining and embarrassing – the very opposite of nice (Getty)

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8

Salary: £45,000

Number of job vacancies: 5,658

6. Marketing Executive

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John Slattery in the final series of 'Mad Men' (Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC)

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8

Salary: £25,000

Number of job vacancies: 16,235

5.Product Manager

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Could the iPhone 6S processor have such a big impact on battery life? (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8

Salary: £49,500

Number of job vacancies: 480

4. Senior Business Analyst

(Dustin Liebenow/flickr/Creative Commons)

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8

Salary: £48,000

Number of job vacancies: 29,601

3. Research Assistant

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Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.0

Salary: £26,500

Number of job vacancies: 842

2. Commercial Manager

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Hartwig Fischer set to be British Museum boss (Getty Images)

Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.0

Salary: £45,000

Number of job vacancies: 3,391

1. Web Developer

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Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the early days of the company (Getty)

Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.1

Salary: £28,000

Number of job vacancies: 4,595

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