You might be only a pretty face, but it seems that’s all you need to get on in today’s world of work.
A study has found beautiful people do better in their careers – even after their youthful good looks have begun to fade. At each career stage studied, pretty people held more prestigious jobs than plain Janes.
The researchers said attractive sorts may gravitate to good jobs because they are more confident. Alternatively, the plain may be penalised by employers.
The British and Italian team used decades of data on more than 8,000 men and women who left school in Wisconsin in the US in 1957.
This included information about employment at various points in life, school photos that were used to rate their looks and information about their education and their parents’ social class.
Those rated the most attractive on leaving school tended to have better jobs and more prestigious careers, even when close to retirement. The finding held even when other factors, such as intelligence and education, were taken into account.
Researcher Gundi Knies said good looking people may benefit from a "beauty premium". She added: "We found facial attractiveness is important in determining people’s occupational prestige at the beginning of the career as it is in the middle or at the end. It is also possible the good looking have the confidence to aim higher. "
Previous studies have shown that attractive people are usually hired sooner, get promotions more quickly and earn up to four per cent more than their colleagues who are less aesthetically pleasing.