Facts and Figures

  • Sickness costs UK employers £8.4 billion per year. (BITC Workwell Campaign).

  • 'Presenteeism' –where employees are working but are ill or not fully engaged – costs employers £15 billion per year. (BITC Workwell Campaign).

  • 26.4 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury.(HSE 2011)

  • Between April 2010 and March 2011, an estimated 1.2 million people said they were suffering from an illness caused or made worse by their work. Of these, 500,000 were new illnesses occurring in-year. Of these, 400,000 were cases of stress (Labour Force Survey 2010/11, Health & Safety Executive)

  • The industries that reported the highest rates of work-related stress in the last three years were health, social work, education and public administration. (Labour Force Survey 2010/11, Health & Safety Executive)

  • Employees in large workplaces lost on average 0.57 days per worker due to work related stress with medium workplaces losing 0.54 days per worker and small workplaces losing an average of 0.3 days per worker. (Labour Force Survey 2010/11, Health & Safety Executive)

  • In a CBI survey of more than 800 companies, 98% of respondents said mental health should be a company concern and yet only 1 in 10 companies surveyed had a policy on mental health. (Stress and Mental Health in the Workplace. MIND week report 2005)

  • According to a Towers Watson Global Workforce Survey (2007)only of 14% of UK employees were described as 'fully engaged' in their work, and one in four of the UK workforce are not satisfied with their job.

  • 'Engaged' employees generate 43% more revenue than disengaged ones. (IES Work Foundation, People and the bottom line 2008)

  • BITC urges employers to "create an environment where employees are encouraged to make healthy lifestyle choices that promote physical and emotional wellness"

  • It has been estimated that 10% of UK GNP is lost per year due to job generated stress