Official Figures Reveal the Most Stressful Professions in the UK

Posted on November 9, 2017

Have YOU got one of the most stressful jobs in the UK? Official figures reveal the toughest professions – and female workers are 61 per cent more likely to suffer depression and anxiety

  • HSE has released Work-related Stress, Depression or Anxiety Statistics 2017
  • Report reveals women are 61 per cent more likely to battle stress than men
  • Nursing, teaching and social care are most stressful professions in the UK 
  • Women aged 35 to 44 suffer the highest levels of stress overall  

Most of us have gone through periods of feeling stressed at work, but new research reveals that some have it a lot worse than others – especially if you’re a woman.

A report by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on Work-related Stress, Depression or Anxiety Statistics in Great Britain 2017 has revealed that women are 60 per cent more likely to battle strain in the workplace than men.

Over a three-year period from 2014 to 2017 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 – making women 61 per cent more likely to suffer.

According to the report, the professions with the highest rates of overall stress are female dominated jobs with nursing and midwifery, teaching and welfare professionals making up the top three.

Legal Professional and business research and administrative professionals made up the rest of the top five, with significantly higher rates of work-related stress, depression or anxiety than for all occupational groups.

Overall, women aged 35 to 44 are most likely to suffer with 2,430 cases per 100,000 workers recorded.

According to the report, the main cause of stress in the workplace was workload, in particularly the need to meet tight deadlines, too much work, pressure or responsibility.

Other factors included a lack of managerial support, organisational changes at work, violence and uncertainty over the future of a job or how to define a role.

Commenting on the research, Darren Best of Savoy Stewart, who carried out an analysis of the data said: ‘Analysis of the official statistics suggests that things in the labour market are not changing for the better for women when it comes to work related stress.

‘Occupations with traditionally high proportions of female employees have continuously highest work-related stress rates.

‘This means that the current measures to relieve stress at workplace aren’t bringing results and that the issue perhaps isn’t receiving enough attention from relevant authorities.’

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