UK Construction Workers Most At Risk From Burnout

Data released from the residential rehab centre, Delamere Health Cheshire, has revealed that the construction industry was the sector most at risk of people suffering from burnout. Burnout is defined as a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion when an individual physically cannot do their job anymore.

PBC Today reports that the researchers analysed data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIDP) health and wellbeing index, and scientific reports.

Each component was ranked based on normalisation ranking with a maximum score of 4 or 5 to find the worst industries. The components included the average hours worked, mortality rankings, overtime worked, and unpaid overtime worked, as well as Google searches for work-related terms.

The CIPD Health and wellbeing index score and CIPD work-life balance were also components used.

The average construction employee works 47.33 hours per week, which is 26.6 per cent higher than the latest weekly hours worked average for UK workers recorded by the ONS, and they were the second-highest hours worked across all UK industries.

Manufacturing followed closely behind, with wholesale, retail and auto repair in third place. Making up the top five was administrative and support services, and transport and storage.

Agricultural workers were most affected by the COVID-19 health crisis with an 8.1 per cent increase in working hours while the hospitality industry saw a 25.8 per cent reduction in working hours due to lockdowns and curfews set in place to curb the spread of the virus.

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