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Becoming a tradie can reduce stress levels, study reveals

Posted: Monday, July 8th, 2024

Being a tradesperson might sound like a thankless job, but it’s one of the least stressful professions, Metro published.

A new study which factored in average working hours, salary, and reported cases of work-related stress, anxiety, or depression determined the overall stress levels associated with various occupations.

Surprisingly, the study found that electricians, plumbers, and construction workers experience relatively lower stress levels than many other jobs.

Despite the demanding nature of their work, the number of work-related depression is remarkably lower in these sectors.

In 2023, less than 1% of workers per 100,000 reported experiencing work-related SAD (seasonal affective disorder) compared to others.

The study by Go.Compare Life Insurance and collated Health and Safety Executive (HSE) data. They found that energy plant operatives had the least stressful job in the UK, closely followed by electricians, scoring 3.2 and 3.4 out of 10 on the stress index, respectively.

According to the 2021 Census, approximately 1.9 million Brits work in the process, plant and machine operative sector and 2.8 million work in skilled trades.

This means over 17% of British workers are lucky enough to work in some of the country’s lowest-stress occupations.

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