Legal and General research: Stress-related absence more likely to be taken by women

Women are nearly three times more likely to take stress-related absence than men, according to analysis by Legal and General.

Using Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) statistics, Legal and General found that between October and December 2010, 31,000 women took sick days citing stress, depression or anxiety, compared to 11,000 men, while 74% of stress-related absences were made by women, with only 26% of absences being taken by men.

Diane Buckley, managing director of Legal and General Group Protection, said: “Stress is one of the leading causes of long-term absence so employers should ensure that good quality support is available in the workplace to help women before they reach this point.”

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