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South East is the most burnt-out place in the UK - report

By TBM Team
10 November 2021

A new workplace wellness study has revealed that the South East of England has the highest rates of burnout and work-related stress than any other region in the UK.

The report was conducted by stress specialists at UK Saunas and uses a combination of data from Health & Safety England, the Office of National Statistics, and local Google search trends to produce its findings. 

The South East of England was found to have the highest rates of work-related stress, anxiety, and depression in the UK, with Kent topping the list, and Surrey and Hampshire both appearing in the top five locations. 

The Top 10 Most Stressful Places to Work in the UK

1West Malling7.62,223KentSouth East England
2Hindhead7.64,595SurreySouth East England
3Tattenhall7.64,841CheshireNorth West England
4Odiham7.65,721HampshireSouth East England
5Bagshot7.485,920SurreySouth East England
6Pontefract30.4131,000West Yorkshire Yorkshire & Humber
7Hook7.67,770HampshireSouth East England
8Portlethen7.489,090Aberdeenshire Scotland
9Alloa15.2120,730Clackmannanshire Scotland
10Iver7.612,189Buckinghamshire South East England

Key findings

  • Incidence rates for absences under the ‘anxiety, depression and stress’ category are the highest in the South East overall. 
  • West Malling in Kent was found to have the highest number of monthly Google searches per every 100 residents for searches relating to work-induced stress and burnout. 
  • This data also shows people living in the SE of England make up 21% (or 1 in 5) of searches for the terms analysed. 
  • Of the top 5 most burnt-out locations, counties in South East England took up 4/5 spots. These include Kent (1st), Surrey (2nd & 5th), and Hampshire (4th). 

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