Mental Health Awareness Week: Many Brits have taken time off due to work stress

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Of those who have experienced stress in the workplace, one in 25 (4%) reported it was so serious that they had to leave a job. This rises to 5% for women and falls to 3% for men.

A recent survey has revealed that as many as one in three professionals across all industries has had to take time off work due to being so stressed.

This is according to latest research released by AAT in support of Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May 2019).

An Opinium study carried out last month surveyed more than 2,000 UK workers and found that 86% reported that work had stressed them out at some stage in their career, with one in five (19%) calling it a ‘frequent’ occurrence.

Interestingly, the most stressed occupation was those working in the charitable sector, where 94% of employees said that work could be a stressful experience, followed by healthcare (91%), finance/accounting (90%) and hotels/leisure/ entertainment (90%).

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Looking at a regional analysis, Northern Ireland was the most stressed in the UK with 92% of employees from the region reporting that they have felt stressed because of work, 25% frequently. The South West of England followed with 90% of employees saying they have been stressed due to the workplace.

From a city perspective, Belfast (92%) reported the highest frequency of stress among workers, followed by London, Bristol and Norwich (all 89%).

Brighton (77%) has the lowest percentage of stressed employees.

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