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Workplace stress is growing problem across UK

New research has mapped out the rising problem of workplace stress across the UK.

More people in the South feel "burnt out" and "on edge" because of work pressures compared with those in the North or the Midlands, according to a new study by Crunch Accounting.

But despite some regional differences, the survey reveals that workplace stress is a growing problem across the whole of the UK.

When asked about the most likely reason for potentially leaving their job, a quarter (25%) of workers in the South said it was because they were "burnt out" or "always ill". The North and Midlands weren't far behind with 22% and 18% saying the same.

Other key findings are:

  • 30% of those in the South said they "always feel on edge", compared with 25% in the North and 21% in the Midlands;

  • 38% of workers in the North said they always felt stressed, compared with 34% of Southerners, and 29% of those in the Midlands;

  • 50% of workers in the North suffer from "Sunday night dread" (50%), compared to 49% in the Midlands (49%) and just 33% the South.

However, a lack of self-confidence is stopping many people from seeking a new job, the survey shows. Over a quarter (27%) of people in the South said a lack of confidence in their ability to get another job was keeping them from moving on. The Midlands and the North weren't far behind, both at 24%.

Helen Monk, People Manager at Crunch Accounting, said: 

"Although a few regional trends have emerged from our survey, it's concerning to see such a universally consistent picture of stress and anxiety caused by workplace issues. Perhaps not surprisingly, this issue seems to be affecting confidence levels and damaging self-esteem. It's fair to say many of these people would be better off leaving for pastures new, whether that's a different role, starting up on their own as a sole trader or founding a limited company."

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