The Most Stressed Cities In The UK - Does Yours Make The List

July 13, 2018

We realise that one of the key contributors to mental health issues and employee wellness or lack there-of is stress in the workplace. Stress can lead to anxiety and depression and it is a fact that these illnesses lead to 300,000 people losing their jobs every year in the UK. With this in mind, we are looking at the UK’s most work-stressed cities and the results are fairly surprising (it’s not London).

The list is as follows:

  1. Cardiff
  2. Wolverhampton
  3. London
  4. Coventry
  5. Liverpool
  6. Oxford
  7. Leicester
  8. Brighton and Hove
  9. Southampton
  10. Edinburgh

The report, published by Perkbox, has gained national headlines and has cited the key reasons for stress being; long working hours, office politics and co-work/client relations. The report has gone on to say that work is the ‘single biggest cause of stress for the UK population’, while the impacts of stress not only include anxiety and depression but contribute to lack of sleep and irritability. This is part of why we at Healthy Nibbles are so deeply focussed on improving the wellness and reducing stress in the workplace.


There are some examples of comparatively stress-free places to work, however, with York, Bristol and Swindon all scoring highly, whilst in other contrasting reports, Edinburgh also scores highly. Wellness not only consists of benefits and a reduction in working hours, but education and encouragement on living a healthy lifestyle. It is imperative for employers in the modern workplace to encourage and promote healthy living as this is a key factor in improving the mental and physical health of staff.


This isn’t just UK-wide however, there is a worldwide problem with health and wellness that needs to be addressed. A recent study from the Global Wellness Institute has stated that 76% of the world’s workers are struggling with their physical wellbeing, 56% of workers are ‘obese’, and 38% suffer from excessive pressure on the job. It would be easy to point the finger at misleading statistics, and in fairness, the statistics may be somewhat different if the data was isolated to the UK, but as a part of a global community, it is crucial to understand the potential health crisis that we are facing. By turning our backs on the global situation, we are also at the risk of ignoring the immense problems we are facing with health and wellbeing in our own cities.


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