Play­ing team sport is good for salary as well as health

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION&ANALYSIS -

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

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