Average days lost due to stress, anxiety and depression by industry

Stress, depression and anxiety together represent the second most prevalent self-reported illness caused or made worse by work. Here we look at average days lost per  worker (based on full-time equivalents) due to self-reported stress, depression or anxiety that has been caused or made worse by their current or most recent job. Data relates to people working in the last 12 months.

How many days are lost due to stress, anxiety and depression across the different sectors?

Though there has been a general decline in the average number of days work lost to stress, there are still large differences between occupational groups. For example the public sector group including administration and defence, education and human and social work activities had the highest number of average days lost per worker when compared to the other sectors. Moreover within that broad grouping in 2012 there were 0.88 average days lost per worker in the human health and social work activities sector compared to 0.51 in education and 0.35 in public administration and defence. There has not been a noticeable fall in the subset covering human health and social work activities though it should be noted that the changes over time within the human health and social work activities are not significant.

About this data

The 2001/02-2013/14 estimates were revised in October 2015. LFS data sets were reweighted to reflect new population estimates based on the 2011 Census, and improvements were made to the days lost methodology.

Industry descriptions in the graph have been shortened as follows:

- Retail and service = Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; accommodation and food service activities

- Professional = Information and communication; financial and insurance activities; real estate activities; professional, scientific and technical activities; administrative and support service activities

- Public sector = Public administration and defence; compulsory social security; education; human health and social work activities

For more information please see Health and Saftey Executive, Labour Force Survey

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