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Health and wellbeing report 2013

23 June 2014

During June to September 2013, 2,226 practising certificate (PC) holders were interviewed about different aspects of their working lives.

This report outlines the findings from a set of questions relating to experience of health and wellbeing.

Key findings included:

  • 88 per cent of all PC holders reported that their health (covering both physical and mental health) was either 'very good' or 'fairly good'. Just two per cent of PC holders reported being of 'fairly poor' or 'very poor' health.
  • Almost two-fifths (38 per cent ) of PC holders had taken time off from work over the previous twelve months due to ill-health. On average, 6.6 sick days had been taken.
  • 45 per cent of PC holders reported going in to work when sick leave should have been taken.
  • Almost all (95 per cent) of PC holders reported having negative stress in their working lives.
  • 16 per cent of PC holders reported experiencing 'severe' or 'extreme' levels of stress at work.
  • Stress was predominately perceived primarily as a medical issue with only two per cent of PC holders saying they would seek help from the Law Society, even though 69 per cent of PC holders had a (prompted) awareness of at least one of the initiatives funded by the Law Society.

Download the full report below.

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