Forty million people in the European Union report that they have suffered from stress. Stress in the workplace in the UK and days lost to stress has established itself as one of the key issues for employers and their advisers with a number of high-profile cases in recent years. Stress is the single biggest cause of sickness in the UK.
The Labour Force Survey revealed that in 2014/2015 stress accounted for 35% of all work related ill- health cases and 43% of all working days lost in the British workplace. The total number of working days lost due to stress in 2014/15 was 9.9 million days. This equated to an average of 23 days lost per case. Stress is most common in public service industries and the occupations with the highest rates of total cases of work-related stress were health professionals (in particular nurses), teaching and educational professions and caring services (in particular social care and public administration). Media professionals show higher levels of stress too.