A new report by the Health and Safety Executive has discovered the five most stressful jobs in the UK and the results are rather surprising.
People who work in human health and social work were the most likely to suffer from stress. This was closely followed by public administration and defense roles.
The research also found that 526,000 workers suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17.
A staggering 12.5 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in the same time period. This equates to 49% of overall days lost.
Women were more likely to be affected. In the three year period 2014/15-2016/17 the average prevalence rate for work-related stress, depression or anxiety for males was 1,170 cases and 1,880 cases for females per 100,000 workers.
What was the cause?
Well, it seems like there are a handful of contributing factors. Workload accounted for 44%, lack of support 14%, violence, threats or bullying 13%, changes at work 8%. The final 21% was made up of ”other”.
Work-related stress, depression or anxiety continues to represent a significant ill health condition in the workforce of the UK.