In 2017/18 stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 44% of all work-related ill health cases and 57% of all working days lost in the UK due to ill health.
The number of workers suffering from work-related stress was 595,000 with over 15 million work days lost to this condition each year.
The UK saw an increase in incidents of stress reactions (fatigue, anxiety, sleep disturbance) from 30% (2010) to 42% (2015).
The main work factors cited by respondents as causing work related stress, depression or anxiety were workload pressures, including tight deadlines and too much responsibility, and a lack of managerial support
In Ireland Subjective Job Stress increased from 23% to 27% between 2010 and 2015, just below the European average of 28% (2015).
However, Ireland saw the greatest increase in incidents of stress reactions (fatigue, anxiety, sleep disturbance) in Europe, increasing from 21% (2010) to 38 % (2015).
Those experiencing high levels of emotional demands (i.e., dealing with angry clients/customers or having to hide emotions while at work) were 21 times more likely to experience job stress than those with the lowest levels.