Paramedics top list of most stressed workers

Paramedics
are the most stressed employees in the UK, according to new research.

Teachers,
social services staff and prison officers follow close behind in the survey by
business psychologists, Robertson Cooper.

More
than 25,000 people across 26 occupations were evaluated in the areas of
physical health, psychological wellbeing and job satisfaction.

Ambulance
personnel suffer the most with their physical health while social services have
the worst psychological wellbeing, and prison officers have the least job
satisfaction.

However,
ambulance staff also reported low levels of psychological wellbeing and job
satisfaction.

The
least anxious workers are directors in the private sector, who came bottom of
the stress table in all three areas measured by the study.

Directors
in the public sector also came surprisingly low down in the table. They
reported particularly high levels of job satisfaction, and were 20th out of 26
occupations.

Personnel
Today research has shown the UK  loses
1.5 million working days to stress a year at a cost of £1.24bn to employers.

Premiership
of pressure – Britain’s most stressful jobs

Rank    Physical
health                                    Psychological
wellbeing                      Job
satisfaction          

1          Ambulance                                           Social services, providing
care             Prison
officer   
2          Teachers                                              Teachers                                              Ambulance
     
3          Social services, providing care              Fire
brigade                                          Police  
4          Customer services (call centre)              Ambulance
                                          Customer
services (call centre) 
5          Bar staff                                               Vets                                                     Social
services, providing care
6          Prison officer                                        Lecturers                                              Teachers
        
7          Management (private sector)                 Clerical and admin                                Nursing           
8          Clerical and admin                                Management
(private sector)                 Medical/dental 
9          Police                                                   Prison officer                                        Allied
health professionals        
10        Teaching assistant                                 Research (academic)                            Bar staff          

Source
– Robertson Cooper

By Michael
Millar

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