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20 Best UK Jobs For Work-Life Balance

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be tough in today’s work environment, but some jobs allow for more flexibility than others. In fact, work-life balance has decreased in recent years, as employees have reported an average work-life balance satisfaction rating of 3.5 in 2009, 3.4 in 2012, and 3.2 thus far in 2015* (Ratings based on a 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied). So where do you turn to get a job that won’t leave you working 24/7?

That’s where we come in. Glassdoor has identified the 20 Best UK Jobs for Work-Life Balance. This list was compiled based entirely on UK employee feedback shared on Glassdoor over the past year.

Web Developer, Commercial Manager and Research Assistant top our list for jobs providing a great work-life balance.

  1. Web Developer
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.1
  • Salary: £28,000
  • Number of job vacancies: 4,595
  1. Commercial Manager
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.0
  • Salary: £45,000
  • Number of job vacancies: 3,391
  1. Research Assistant
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.0
  • Salary: £26,500
  • Number of job vacancies: 842
  1. Senior Business Analyst
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: £48,000
  • Number of job vacancies: 29,601
  1. Product Manager
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: £49,500
  • Number of job vacancies: 480
  1. Marketing Executive
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: £25,000
  • Number of job vacancies: 16,235
  1. Human Resources Manager
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: £45,000
  • Number of job vacancies: 5,658
  1. Human Resources Specialist
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: £43,500
  • Number of job vacancies: 15,710
  1. Research Associate
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: £32,000
  • Number of job vacancies: 19,423
  1. Marketing Manager
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: £40,000
  • Number of job vacancies: 3,667
  1. Personal Assistant
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
  • Salary: £25,632
  • Number of job vacancies: 8,744
  1. Data Analyst
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
  • Salary: £30,000
  • Number of job vacancies: 1,577
  1. Researcher
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
  • Salary: £30,000
  • Number of job vacancies: 3,319
  1. Business Analyst
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
  • Salary: £36,200
  • Number of job vacancies: 4,844
  1. Senior Associate
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
  • Salary: £46,000
  • Number of job vacancies: 22,119
  1. Software Engineer
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.6
  • Salary: £35,000
  • Number of job vacancies: 2,315
  1. Senior Software Engineer
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.6
  • Salary: £45,000
  • Number of job vacancies: 512
  1. Managing Consultant
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.6
  • Salary: £72,000
  • Number of job vacancies: 127,377
  1. Design Engineer
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.6
  • Salary: £30,000
  • Number of job vacancies: 15,390
  1. Financial Analyst
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.5
  • Salary: £38,000
  • Number of job vacancies: 5,728

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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.

 *Average work-life balance ratings based on at least 60,000 company reviews shared by employees per calendar year. For 2015, rating represents calendar year to date (1/1/15-13/10/15)