Waiters and cleaners have low levels of life expectancy

26 October 2007 by
Waiters and cleaners have low levels of life expectancy

Waiters, waitresses and cleaners will not live as long as their managerial counterparts, according to the latest government figures.

The Office of National Statistics published figures yesterday for employees in England and Wales that found that income levels directly correlate with life expectancy.

Men working in manual occupations, including key hospitality roles such as waiting and cleaning, will die, on average, just over three years before men in non-manual occupations such as managerial and supervisory positions who will live to the age of 79.2 years.

Women fair better, with those in manual occupations living to an average of 80, while women in non-manual occupations will live to 82.9 years.

However average life expectancy for all social classes has risen over the past 30 years, the report said.

It also corresponds with findings in a survey of FTSE 100 employers earlier this week by Pension Capital Strategies (PCS), which found that hospitality workers face a shorter lifespan after retirement, compared with employees from other sectors.

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