In a recent study conducted by personal injury experts at, the most stressful industries in the United Kingdom have been unveiled, shedding light on the pervasive issue of work-related stress.

Analysing Health and Safety Executive (HSE) data from March 2022 to March 2023, the study ranked industries based on the number of self-reported stress illnesses per 100,000 workers.

Topping the list as the most stressful industry is Human Health and Social Work Activities, with a staggering 3,530 reported stress illnesses per 100,000 workers. Despite its demanding nature, this industry boasts one of the widest salary ranges, from £17,000 to £63,000, encompassing roles such as doctors, therapists, and nursing home assistants.

Public Defence and Education Follow Closely

Public Defence emerged as the second most stressful industry, with an average salary range of £18,000 to £31,000 and 3,260 reported stress-related illnesses per 100,000 workers. Meanwhile, the Education sector secured the third position, with an average salary range of £28,000 to £40,000 and 2,720 reported stress illnesses per 100,000 workers.

Examining the Top 10 Stressful Industries

The study delves into the top 10 stressful industries, revealing additional insights:

  1. Professional, Scientific, and Technical Activities: 2,310 stress illnesses per 100,000 workers
  2. Finance: 2,140 stress illnesses per 100,000 workers
  3. Real Estate: 2,070 stress illnesses per 100,000 workers
  4. Information and Communication: 1,870 stress illnesses per 100,000 workers
  5. Arts and Entertainment: 1,820 stress illnesses per 100,000 workers
  6. Wholesale and Retail Trade: 1,530 stress illnesses per 100,000 workers
  7. Accommodation and Food Service Activities: 1,430 stress illnesses per 100,000 workers

Tips on Making a Personal Injury Claim for Stress

The study also provides valuable tips for those considering a personal injury claim due to work-related stress:

  1. Identify The Cause of Your Stress: Recognise the factors contributing to your stress.
  2. Make a Note of Your Emotions: Keep a daily emotional health journal.
  3. Speak to Your Employer About Any Concerns: Address issues with your employer before considering a claim.
  4. Keep Track of Any GP Appointments: Maintain medical records for potential claims.

A spokesperson from emphasised the importance of mental health awareness, stating, “We are currently living amid a mental health crisis, which means that it’s essential for us to look after ourselves and recognise when our mental wellbeing may be at risk, particularly in the workplace.”

The spokesperson stressed the need for employers to prioritise mental health and encouraged employees to seek legal advice if they have experienced stress at work, emphasising that personal injury claims extend beyond physical injuries to encompass mental, emotional, and psychological harm.





Amelia Brand is the Editor for HRreview, and host of the HR in Review podcast series. With a Master’s degree in Legal and Political Theory, her particular interests within HR include employment law, DE&I, and wellbeing within the workplace. Prior to working with HRreview, Amelia was Sub-Editor of a magazine, and Editor of the Environmental Justice Project at University College London, writing and overseeing articles into UCL’s weekly newsletter. Her previous academic work has focused on philosophy, politics and law, with a special focus on how artificial intelligence will feature in the future.