Playing team sport is good for salary as well as health
PLAYING sport once a fortnight can boost annual earnings by almost £11 000 (R189 128) – the equivalent of more than £500 000 over the course of a career, a new study has found.
Those involved in regular organised sports could boost their annual salary significantly due to the skills they gained from participating in group activities, experts said.
The research, which was commissioned by property firm CBRE and consulted 2 000 workers, found that employees who did not take part in organised sports earned just under £24 000 on average.
In contrast, those who engaged in sporting activities earned £11 000 more than the average wage, with triathletes topping the list of salary earners with an average pay of £44 375.
Cyclists, cricketers and rowers also fared well, while those who engaged in football, rugby, lacrosse, squash and netball ranked further down the pay scale.
The study, conducted by Opinion Matters, found that those who had taken part in organised sport between two and four times a month since childhood earned on average just under £35 000.
Over an average 47-year career, researchers found that the difference between playing regular organised sports and not taking part amounted to about £522 000.
The benefits gained in the workplace included good communication skills, better teamwork and improved confidence, the study found. – Daily Mail