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What's more important, loving your job or earning loads of cash?

What’s more important, loving your job or earning lots of money? (Picture: Getty)

For most people, the perfect job is one where you can do what you love and get paid handsomely for it.

But how many people actually get the best of both worlds? And if they had to choose between the two, what’s more important?

The subject is up for discussion in the latest episode of Yahoo UK’s podcast, Britain Is a Nation Of…., which focuses on statistics and views around the world of work.

Listen to the full episode of Britain is a Nation of… below

According to YouGov figures collected in 2017, Brits tend to opt for passion over pay, with nearly two thirds (64%) saying they’d rather have a poorly paid job they loved compared to 18% who would prefer a well-paid job they hated.

The survey looked at how much Britons like their jobs, compared to how many Brits think they’re well paid, and then combined the results to try to work out what people prefer.

It found that a third (33%) of Brits were in fairly or very well paid jobs they like or love, including one in five (20%) are in jobs they like consider to be fairly well paid and the 2% that have very well paid jobs that they love.

On the other end of the scale, one in 20 (5%) are in fairly/very badly paid jobs they dislike or hate – with 1% being in what they consider to be a “very badly paid” job that they hate.

Loving your job also seems to be more important the older you get.

Citing other YouGov research on the issue, Yahoo News UK’s Head of News Stuart Henderson told the podcast: “It’s interesting, as you get older markedly people say more that the job you love is more important.

“And that is possibly true but I think it’s borne of complacency, probably.”

Nearly two thirds (64%) of Brits say they’d rather have a poorly paid job they love compared to 18% who would prefer a well-paid job they hate (Picture: Getty)

“When asked, ‘would you rather have a job you love that doesn’t pay very much or a job you hate that pays very well,’ in terms of a job you love 56% of 18-24-year-olds said a job you love was more important,” he said.

“And then that rose for 25 to 49-year-olds to 60% and then 50 to 65-year-olds were 70%. So it’s an increase of 14% over that kind of middle part of your life.

“But then when you get to 65 and above it actually drops slightly and actually money becomes more important – because you suddenly don’t have a salary. You’ve got less money so suddenly you’re not quite as complacent as you were for the last 10-15 years of your life when you would expect to be earning more money.”

To hear more unpacking of statistics about British people, listen to the full episode above, or download it on Apple Podcasts, Acast, or Spotifyto listen while on the go.