09/06/2014 05:25 BST | Updated 09/06/2014 05:59 BST

Bankers Are Among The Fittest British Workers, Says Study

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Bankers are among the most physically active workers, taking regular exercise more than three times a week, according to a new study

In a survey of 2,000 workers for the British Heart Foundation, bankers were found to rank alongside car workers and mechanics in a list of the fittest working professionals, followed by staff in leisure and tourism. Nurses, teachers, plumbers and hairdressers also made the list.

Doctors, dentists and bankers were most likely to cycle, with nine out of 10 saying they spend some time pedalling each week.

The survey, carried out to mark the BHF's cycling campaign, is just the latest good news for bankers, as research found that the number of job vacancies in financial services firms has soared since the end of the recession.

There are 32,000 vacancies in the sector, a 45% increase since 2009, said consultancy Procorre.

Lisa Mangan of Procorre said: "There is a sense of renewed optimism within the financial services sector as firms anticipate a return to improved profitability. Financial services companies are now turning towards growth strategies rather than looking for turnaround specialists to implement cost-cutting programmes as deals and investment return to the City.

"The retail banks are taking full advantage of the increase in activity in the mortgage market, with many seeking more staff to deal with the rush of mortgage applications."

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