TakingStock – On balance, a job’s preferable.

It’s probably not much of a silver lining to the current economic cloud, but Ernst & Young might be able to take some sort of comfort in the fact that it came second in a recent work-life balance survey.

The news came just as the Big Five firm was preparing to jettison 200 of its loyal staff because of the downturn in the economy, thus shifting their work/life balance rather dramatically.

The survey, from consultants Robertson Cooper, was aimed at graduates, which makes it even more ironic that PricewaterhouseCoopers almost managed to scrape into the top ten.

Readers will remember that PwC’s consultancy arm recently asked a number of its graduate recruits not to bother turning up for work in the autumn.

Yet another interesting approach to the work-life balance issue.

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