Women 'three times as likely to suffer stress at work'

Stress at work is far more common among women than men, new figures have shown.

According to data from the government, which has been analysed by Legal & General, females are almost three times more likely to require a period away from their job due to the mental angst associated with the condition, HR Magazine reports.

Official statistics from the Department of Work and Pensions showed that in the time between October and December last year, 31,000 women took sick days due to stress, anxiety or depression, but this figure declines to 11,000 among men.

Diane Buckley, managing director of Legal & General Group Protection, observed: "Stress is one of the leading causes of long-term absence, so employers should ensure that good quality support is available in the workplace to help women before they reach this point."

Recently, a study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development revealed that 20 per cent of all professionals now suffer anxiety in their jobs.

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21/12/2011 13:33