A new study has found that being a firefighter is the most dangerous job of all in the UK, and 47,000 injuries recorded over the past five years it has the highest injury rate of all the high-risk public sector jobs.
Using government data, Forbes Advisor (the global platform that provides consumers with financial advice for their individual needs) has compiled a list of the most dangerous jobs in the UK based on the number of deaths and injuries over five years in each profession.
Following firefighters, the study shows that police officers and storage workers rank as the second and third dangerous jobs respectively, followed by chefs and care workers in fourth and fifth position.
The Forbes Advisor’s study looked through data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Home Office to determine the most dangerous job, giving the highest weighting to deaths, followed by injuries and injury rate, between 2015 and 2020.
While most people in the UK agree that those in dangerous professions should be paid more, most of the jobs that are considered dangerous do not pay above £30,000 a year, sometimes under £20,000, and lower than the national median wage of £33,000.
This is confirmed by Forbes Advisor’s survey, which asked respondents to note their annual salary, and whether or not they considered their jobs to be dangerous. The most common wage response (35%), for those who consider their jobs to be dangerous, was between £20,000 and £40,000 a year. Of those who made over £100,000 a year, 6% said they had a dangerous job, in contrast to 10% who said their line of work was not dangerous.