Job insecurity fears on the rise, top concerns include stress and bullying

The proportion of employees saying it is likely or very likely they could lose their job as a result of the economic downturn has risen to 20% according to a CIPD survey.


Barely 1 in 10 (12%) think it would be easy to find a job if they lost their current position.


The proportion of public sector staff saying their organisation has made redundancies has remained fairly static at 57% (56% last quarter). 29% of private sector employees report their organisation has made redundancies, compared with 25% last quarter.


The statistics highlight that despite some more positive growth and employment figures recently, job security is a growing issue for working people – with a lot of fear caused by public sector cuts.


A TUC survey has revealed that the top safety concerns cited this year by union safety reps were stress, bullying and harassment, problems relating to heavy workloads and overwork, and violence and intimidation.


Commenting on the survey, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: ‘Fears about how austerity is affecting peoples’ jobs and their families is having a real impact on the health and well-being of UK workers.

‘As jobs are cut, so the workload of those left behind increases. As the workload rise so do the stress levels of over-worked employees, which lead to a greater risk of bullying and harassment as stressed-out supervisors take out their frustrations on staff.






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