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The three most stressful jobs in UK

Stress is perceived differently in the workplace. There are those of us who consider a little stress at work good for performance. However, too much stress at work can be bad not just for performance, but also for your health. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), stress and depression has risen in the past two decades and is estimated to cost the UK economy more than £12 billion a year. Some jobs are deemed more stressful than others. Here are three of the most stressful jobs in UK.

1. Prison officer

A recent study conducted by the University of Manchester’s Institute of Science and Technology agrees with numerous other independent surveys that prison officer jobs are some of the most stressful jobs in UK. Prison officers deal with vicious individuals who have a history of violent, unpredictable and anti- social behaviour, which is obviously not easy. Not least of a prison officer’s worries, many inmates are mentally ill and would not think twice to attack an officer while in prison.

2. Police Officer

Similar to a prison officer’s, police officers deal with anti-social individuals and criminals. Police officers are the first at the scene of any crime. They put themselves in dangerous and difficult situations constantly to protect members of the public and preserve law and order in society. Their lives are constantly on the line every time they go to work, which is a major stress factor for police officers.

Other stress factors for police officers at include:

- witnessing violent crime scenes- criminal attacks on colleagues and themselves - lack of support from bosses and colleagues, and - encounters with difficult and unruly members of the public

Constantly changing work shift patterns also make it difficult for police officers to spend time with their families, which can be quite stressful.

3. Teacher

Closing our list of most stressful jobs in the UK is teaching. According to a study by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 41 per cent of teachers report high levels of work-related stress in the UK. In other words, two out of every five teachers in UK are stress at work. This figure is significantly higher than the 20 per cent of people in other profession who report high levels of stressed at work.

While dealing with difficult students can leave anyone feeling extremly stressed, the biggest source of stress for teachers in UK was identifies as conflict with parents, head teachers and supervisors.

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