freephone 0800 862 0373
Sign in to view your quotes
Email address:
Password or PIN:

Forgotten your password? Reset it here.

67 per cent of young workers have called in sick due to stress

Published on 06/11/2012

Younger workers are more likely to call in sick due to stress, according to a study by income protection provider Friends Life.

In a survey of 2,000 people, younger workers aged between 18 and 24 were 40 per cent more likely to call in sick due to stress than people over the age of 44.

Dr Ian Drever, consultant psychiatrist at The Priory Group, said that younger people may be under greater pressure because they feel they have more to prove as they are at the start of their career.

Half of the people surveyed said they had felt more stress since the financial crisis in 2008, and the biggest causes of stress were cited as money, work and relationships.

But it seems that the younger generation of workers are suffering more from the condition, or are just better at recognising the symptoms.

According to the survey, 67 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds called in sick due to stress over the last year.

This fell to 54 per cent among 25 to 34 year olds, and further still to 47 per cent among 35 to 44 year olds. Whilst only 43 per cent of people aged between 45 and 55 called in sick with stress, the figure rose slightly to 49 per cent in workers over the age of 55.

Dr Drever said: “There may be a couple of dynamics at play as to why younger people are more prone to call in sick due to stress than the older generation. Firstly, younger people maybe more stressed due to their job roles being more time pressured, having greater expectations upon them to climb the career ladder and cope with numerous demands in more challenging economic times.

“Secondly, young people may now feel more comfortable with signalling that they are under stress, and reporting it in the workplace. They may also be more aware of the signs of stress in themselves - such as disrupted sleep or diminished cognitive performance - so can recognise it at an earlier stage, and then flag this up within the work environment.”

David Williams, director of group protection at Friends Life, said: “This is an extremely worrying number of young people who are starting their working life under strain and is something which needs to be monitored carefully.”

© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2012

Categories:  Life InsuranceHealth
67 per cent of young workers have called in sick due to stressYounger workers are more likely to call in sick due to stress, according to a study by income protection provider Friends Life. In a survey    tweet it on twittershare with your friends on Facebookshare with your friends on MySpaceBlog it on your LinkedIn profile

No.1 health insurance broker as rated by customers

Proactive, efficient, and offered me insurance I need. I would say half price I would end up paying if I did it by myself. Many thanks.

Review centre member

Excellent service. Explained everything in detail and really helped to find the right insurance best suited to my needs - which wasn't necessarily the most expensive. 

Review centre member

Good value and the advisor was very helpful and recommended the best policy for my grandson. I would definitely use this service again and recommend to others.

Review centre member

We were contacted in good time to make a knowledgable choice. We were given plenty of options with lots of information to enable us to make the right choice.

Review centre member

The service I received was excellent, the staff member was very efficient and knowledgable. She went out of her way to get the best policy for me.

Review centre member

Great service. I really appreciated the help provided by Active Quote to arrange health insurance. The agent was very informative and proactive. Many thanks!

Review centre member

I received excellent care and attention from the first phone call till the last. Friendly, efficient and patient.

Review centre member

Staff are very helpful, friendly and polite. They call back when they say they will and keep you up to date with progress. Pleasure to deal with.

Review centre member

Very polite and friendly, and gave detailed explanations of all aspects of the cover. Reassuring to know that if you do have a problem there is someone you can contact.

Review centre member

Friendly and efficient. Nothing was too much trouble even when i needed to make a small change, excellent service.

Review centre member
This site is operated by Insurance Broker ActiveQuote Ltd registered in England & Wales company number 6765845.
Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Firm reference number 501109 as detailed on the Financial Services Register. Please read our Key Facts document.
For information about your rights as a consumer visit Citizens Advice.

Our insurance comparison service is free and easy for you to use, but you are responsible for making sure all your information is entered correctly, and for choosing your insurer.

This site uses cookies in order to work correctly - these are not harmful and do not contain personal information. By using this site you consent to this. I understand  Tell me more

please wait ...