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

Does healthcare lose more days to stress than other sectors?


Last updated: 07/07/2016

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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? 15/04/2017

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There is variation among industries as to the number of days' lost to stress anxiety and depression. The public sector (i.e. public administration and defence, compulsory social security, education and human and social work activities) had the highest number of average days lost per worker when compared to the other sectors. Within this aggregate industry, there is also variation. In 2015/16, those who worked in education had a higher average number of days' lost to stress, anxiety and depression (0.7 days) than those working in administration and defence (0.4 days) and health and soial work (0.5 days). The number of days lost in education peaked in 2006/07 and fell after this date.

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.