In this report nef calculates the value to society of a number of different jobs and advocates a fundamental rethink of how the value of work is recognised and rewarded.
Pay matters. How much you earn can determine your lifestyle, where you can afford to live, and your aspirations and status. But to what extent does what we get paid confer âworthâ? Beyond a narrow notion of productivity, what impact does our work have on the rest of society, and do the financial rewards we receive correspond to this? Do those that get more contribute more to society? With controversial bonuses being paid out this Christmas in bailed-out banks, we believe that it is time to ask challenging questions such as these.
Based on value to society, I would say that the people that collect your garbage, sewage, etc, haul it away and dispose of it safely would be #1. After that the people that keep your water clean and accessible. Then farmers. Then the military. Then doctors/nurses etc.
And then the rest are pretty obvious - police officers, firefighters, teachers, carpenters, architects...