London – If you want to get ahead, get a hairbrush. For regardless of whether you’re blessed with good looks, a tidy appearance is key to landing a top job, research suggests.
A study found workers who made an effort with their hair, clothing and make-up earned £11,000 (R207 324) a year more than those judged to be scruffy.
Researchers from Chicago and California Universities followed 14,600 young men and women over 13 years.
The participants were interviewed four times, and on each occasion were rated for physical attractiveness and standard of grooming. The study, published in the journal Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, found that being well turned-out was the key factor in predicting salary, regardless of looks, education, family background, weight or ethnic group.
The best-groomed earned 70 per cent more than the scruffiest – an average of £27,100 compared with £16,000.