IT staff are top of the league for stress


IT staff are top of the league for stress

Cliff Saran

People who work in IT have the highest level of stress, suffering more than those in medicine, engineering and education, a survey has found.

The poll of more than 3,000 people, conducted by research firm SWNS on behalf of online learning provider SkillSoft, found that 97% of those working in IT found their life at work stressful on a daily basis.

And 25% of IT staff said they were under such pressure to perform at work that they had taken time off suffering with stress.

The research also found that 33% of IT professionals said they were having difficulty getting their work done because of interference from managers.

One respondent highlighted the low level of IT literacy in organisations. “I spend most of my day fielding calls from people who do n0t even have a basic knowledge of computers and printers,” he said.

The survey found that the main stress factors included workload, feeling undervalued, deadlines, having to take on other people’s work, lack of job satisfaction, lack of control over the working day and having to work long hours.

Kevin Young, managing director at SkillSoft, said, “According to the Health & Safety Executive, stress is now the biggest cause of working days lost through injury or ill health [an estimated 12.8 million lost days each year].”


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