Health and social care the most stressful industry to work in, survey suggests

A survey by The Office Group found that health and social care topped the list of the most stressful industries to work in

Health and social care is the most stressful industry to work in, according to analysis by The Office Group (TOG).

TOG found that health and social workers tend to work longer hours and report more cases of work-related stress, depression and anxiety.

It calculated an overall stress score for 12 industries across the UK, using public data on the number of self-reported stress cases, average full-time hours, number of days lost to self-reported stress and the likelihood of future automation.

Around 2,320 of health and social workers per 100,000 employees (2.32%) report cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety, with 0.92 days lost per worker, which is higher than the average of 0.46 days per year.

Across all industries, there are an estimated 11,947 days taken as sick leave due to stress, depression or anxiety that has been caused or made worse by the employees’ job.

Health and social workers in full-time employment are paid for an average of 43 hours per week, which is 18.5% more than information and communication employees, who are the least likely to report work-related stress according to TOG’s research.

TOG also found that women report significantly higher cases of workplace stress than men (300,000 compared to 236,000), which raises the question of gender differences when it comes to verbalising or even admitting mental health issues.

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