Which jobs are most stressful?

Any job with long hours, low control and high work demands can be stressful. Stress is not just a white-collar issue. Safety surveys show that bus drivers, nurses, healthcare workers, teachers, call centre workers, gardeners, home helps and refuse collectors are all susceptible to pressure and stress.

Low pay and long hours are among the main sources of stress in manual jobs.

A Europe-wide study in the September 2012 issue of the Lancet medical magazine has confirmed that people with highly stressful jobs, but little control over the way they do those jobs, run a 23% increased risk of a heart attack.

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