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Younger workers twice as stressed as their parents, survey shows

People under 30 are also far more likely to call in sick to work than those over 55, according to the study.

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YOUNG PEOPLE ARE far more likely to experience work-related stress than their parents’ generation, according to a new survey.

Some 55 per cent of employed people under 30 said work pressure was a significant stress factor, compared to 24 per cent of those over 55.

Other key causes of stress among under-30s were money worries, cited by 51 per cent, and relationship issues, which affected almost a third of respondents.

The under-30s were also far more likely to call in sick to work. Some 70 per cent of working people under 30 have taken a sick day in the last year against just 46 per cent of people aged 55-plus.

Young people were also more prone to taking time off because of stress, tiredness or feeling run down. Other reasons given by under-30s in the survey of 3,000 people in Britain included constipation and car sickness.

In comparison, 85 per cent of over-55s said they would not take a day off work unless they were bedridden.

The survey commissioned by the manufacturers of vitamin supplement Multibionta also showed that those under 30 were more likely to have a bad diet. They reported eating more junk food, working longer hours and sleeping less than their parents’ generation – who were also twice as likely to eat their five portions a day of fruit and vegetables.

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