How common is stress at work?

The government’s Labour Force Survey shows that in 2015/16, there were 488,000 cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety, equivalent to a rate of 1,510 per 100,000 workers.

The data shows that healthcare workers along with other public service workers, particularly teachers, experience higher levels of stress than in other occupations. The main work factors cited by respondents as causing work-related stress, depression or anxiety were workload pressures, including tight deadlines and too much responsibility and a lack of managerial support.

See workSMART's Stress section for more information.

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