Distaste for traffic wardens is declining

Just over 10 years ago it was announced in a nationwide survey that the job of ‘Traffic Warden’ was the most disliked by the UK public.

It beat many other notoriously unpopular career choices such as politicians, sales people and bankers. It’s safe to say this result attached some fairly hefty stigma to those who wear the yellow jacket.

Now a decade later in 2015 it seems other careers choices have angered the public much more than the humble Traffic Warden. A recent study conducted by IntelligentCarLeasing.com asked 1000 UK adults to choose the occupation they have the least respect for. Participants were asked to select from the following careers – Traffic Warden, Politician, Banker, Telesales Agent and Door to Door Salesperson (in a random order each time).

It’s no surprise that with the upcoming election politicians aren’t popular right now. They topped the survey with just under 1/3 of participants saying that they respected politicians least out of all available options.

Bankers have settled at second bottom in 2015. It might be a case of forgotten rather than forgiven when it comes to the banking sector at this point in time.

The telesales industry is one that we can’t escape in our daily lives. Whether it’s mis-sold PPI, upgrading your phone contract or getting a green energy grant these cold calls are everywhere.

It’s quite possible that the public’s attitude towards traffic wardens haven’t actually changed that much. However with other areas having a more grating impact on our daily lives wardens have been pushed down somewhat.

Intelligent Car Leasing decided to ask five members of the public their honest opinions of traffic wardens. Although by no means a scientifically valid sample size, it does give some interesting insights into the public’s attitude towards this specific job. Three out of the five individuals gave a very negative account of traffic wardens, some of the highlights including:

‘It’s not the fact that they give people tickets, that’s their job, it’s the look of satisfaction on their face when they do it’