UK staff are working harder than ever, but they are more frightened of losing their jobs than at any time in the past 30 years, a report released last week concludes.
The survey for research agency the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that more than half of workers do not trust their managers and most are suffering poor health as a result of increased work pressures.
But staff in manufacturing feel slightly more secure than they did 10 years ago compared with white-collar staff, despite widespread recent job losses. The report attributed this to a slow recovery in confidence after the decimation of manufacturing in the UK in the late 1970s and 1980s.
Overall, more than 60% of employees claim that the pace of work and the effort they need to put into their job has increased over the past five years.
The report concludes that job insecurity and increased work stress have been caused by the severe cuts in staffing levels that have been demanded by senior managers in response to market pressures.