Six decades on and us Brits may have more money in the bank as a nation but we also have more stress on our shoulders.
Figures from the CIPD report have shown that since 1952 the UK workforce has increased by six million, an increase thought to be largely related to the rise in the number of female workers.
Whilst the number of workers has increased significantly, the number of working hours has actually stayed the same largely due to an influx of the number of individuals who work part-time.
Nevertheless, despite working hours having stayed the same on average, according to CIPD our stress level as a nation has actually increased.
Whilst there could be a number of reasons behind the rise in stress levels, job uncertainty is thought to be partly to blame. Post recession and many companies are still struggling to make a profit and this means that for many workers, their future hangs in the balance.
According to the same CIPD report, whilst the overall number of individuals in employment has increased during the past few decades, unemployment levels have also risen. Measured by the number of individuals claiming job-seekers allowance, unemployment has jumped to 5.5% of the workforce today, from 2.2% of the workforce in 1952.
The report also found that the percentage of households in which there was no earner has increased from 4% in 1952 to 18.8% on the most recent figures.
Commenting on the study results Dr John Philpott, chief economic advisor for the CIPD said: “With the threat of unemployment an underlying concern even in good times, people do not seem much happier about their working lives and many exhibit the symptoms of work-related stress,”.
If you are concerned about your job security and are exhibiting signs of workplace stress then you may benefit from talking to career coach. A career coach could help you to establish ways of developing in your current role, and can also help individuals who are looking for a complete change in career.
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