Professor Andy Smith (currently at the University of Wales, Cardiff) said: "Our previous research tried to give an indication of the scale of perceived occupational stress in the workforce as a whole. The new analyses show that there are clearly some sub-groups who reported higher levels of stress than others, and it is possible to relate these differences to demographic and job characteristics.
Further research is now required to extend the findings of our secondary analyses of the Bristol Stress and Health at Work study and to determine what underlies individual differences in the reporting of stress at work."
The main findings are:
In order, occupational groups reporting high stress most commonly were teaching, nursing, management, professionals, other education and welfare (including social workers), road transport and security (including police and prison officers). In each of these groups at least 1 in 5 reported high stress - 2 in 5 among teachers. Full-time workers were more likely to report high stress than part-time employees. High levels of stress were reported most frequently by people in managerial and technical occupations, those educated to degree level and those earning more than £20,000
Non-white employees reported comparatively higher levels of stress than white workers but it is pointed out that the numbers involved were small. Little difference was reported in stress levels between male and female workers.
The report is available to be downloaded at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/crr_pdf/2000/crr00311.pdf
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Source - HRMguide.co.uk