Almost 70% of UK professionals have experienced elevated levels of stress in the past month, according to new data from the LinkedIn Workforce Confidence Index.
The Index is based on a quantitative online survey of more than 1,000 members that is distributed to members via email every two weeks.
The data revealed that around two-thirds of UK employees felt “very or somewhat stressed”, which is rising to 75% compared to those who are currently unemployed.
It also showed that more women reportedly felt stressed than men, with 73% of employed and 78% of unemployed women saying they’ve felt stressed in the past month.
The data from the LinkedIn Workforce Confidence Index explored how people are spending more time on housework, searching for jobs, caring for family, and working at their primary jobs when compared with this time last year.
Additionally, the respondents revealed they are spending less time on leisure activities, such as taking holidays, travelling, social events and or non-essential shopping and that women are more likely to spend increased time focusing on work activities or job seeking than men.
Out of the surveyed professionals, 45% of women said they plan to spend more time on job seeking in the coming weeks when compared with this time last year, versus 33% of men.
When asked in the survey what’s influencing how people spend their time, 70% of respondents said government rules and regulations, while 67% said coronavirus safety precautions.
Other influencing factors included family needs (52%), mental health and wellbeing (51%) and financial situation (48%), with 78% of women suggesting that the government rules and regulations impacted how they planned to spend their time in the coming weeks.