22 May 2024
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Report warns auto workers ‘struggle with mental health’

More than one in four automotive workers (27%) have reported issues managing their mental health — compared to 16% of other UK workers, according to a new report.

Automotive industry charity Ben said yesterday the report, launched to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, also revealed that one in seven automotive workers are considering leaving the industry and that pay is the biggest motivator for this (29%).

A total of 87% of those considering leaving the industry have had financial issues and 63% are experiencing stress at work, the study indicated.

The report found that an overwhelming 99.6% of automotive people had been affected by a health and wellbeing issue over the previous year.

Stress remains the most common health and wellbeing issue that automotive employees face (56%), followed by poor sleep (51%), feelings of anxiety (43%) and low mood (41%), according to the report.

A total of seven in 10 respondents said they worried about money and these people are more likely to experience feelings of anxiety, low mood and depression, Ben said.

Cost of living

The number of people worrying about money has increased from the year before (6 in 10), which is most likely caused by cost-of-living pressures. Year-on-year, debt has increased by 3% (19% to 22%), being unable to budget has increased by 12% (14% to 26%), being unable to save has increased by 5% (31% to 36%) and skipping meals has increased by 6% (10% to 16%).

Ben said the results clearly show that mental health issues are the most prominent of the top 10 issues and affect a number of people in the automotive industry.

Rachel Clift, health and wellbeing director at Ben, said: “On the back of these results, we want to make sure that everyone who works, or has worked, in the automotive industry knows we’re there for them, so please get in touch if you’re struggling.

“We’re here for employers too and you can read about how Ben can support your business and the health and wellbeing of your employees in the report.”

This was Ben’s biggest survey to date with a record 1,872 automotive employee respondents of all UK regions, ages, gender and working environments.