Population Outcome: People in Suffolk and North East Essex have Good Work
Employment and Economic Activity
|Indicator||Suffolk||Essex||East of England|
|% of 16-17 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) (2020)||4.3%||4.3%||4.3%|
|% of people aged 16-64 in employment (2021/22)||78.1%||79.2%||78%|
|% of people aged 50-64 in employment (2021/22)||69%||74.7%||72.7%|
|% of people with long term support for their learning disability in paid employment (2020/21)||3%||4.6%||5.2%|
|% of people aged 16-64 with a long term physical or mental health condition in employment (2021/22)||69.1%||71.8%||69%|
|Average earnings per week (2021)||£460||£499||£505|
For more data: OHID
Comparing Difference in level of qualifications between places
The Story Behind the Outcome
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Impact of work on health
‘Good work’ means having not only a work environment that is safe, but also having a sense of security, autonomy, good line management and communication within an organisation.
The guidance highlights employment can impact directly and indirectly on the individual, their families and communities.
- improves health and wellbeing economically and through better quality of life.
- Protects against social exclusion through the provision of income, social interaction, a core role and identity and purpose<br><br>Unemployment:
- Is associated with an increased risk of mortality and morbidity, including limiting long-term illness, cardiovascular disease, poor mental health, suicide and health-harming behaviours.
- Can be caused by long-term health conditions including MSK conditions such as back pain – ‘health-related
Sir Michael Marmot’s Fair Society, Healthy Lives highlighted
- People’s health can be damaged at work by factors including exposure to physical hazards, physically demanding or dangerous work, long or irregular working hours, shift work, health-adverse posture, repetitive injury and extended sedentary work.
- ‘precarious jobs’ … are defined by a lack of safety at work, by exposure to multiple stressors including strenuous tasks which the worker has little control over, low wages and high job instability. There is ample evidence on the adverse effects on health and well- being produced by these conditions.
- A range of research relates issues such as job security, job satisfaction and supervisor and peer support to various psychological and physical health impacts, such as general ill health, depression, cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and musculoskeletal disorders.
People living with physical health conditions
- People worried about financing care, taking time out of work to attend medical appointments, losing their job and financial security.
- Carers wanted easy-to-access information on a range of issues including eligibility for time off work for caring.
Long term conditions can directly impact people’s careers. Royal Osteoporosis Society’s survey ‘Life with Osteoporosis 2021: the untold story… ‘ highlighted that giving up work and the increased costs of living with osteoporosis causes stress and financial worries. Over a quarter have had to give up work, and almost one in five have had to take early retirement.
People living with mental health problems:
- Mixed anxiety and depression have been estimated to cause one-fifth of days lost from work in Britain.
- Risk factors for suicide tend to relate to circumstances where people feel hopeless or trapped, or difficult life events, and include problems with work or money.
- Rethink Mental Illness reported in 2021 the results of a survey of people severely affected by mental illness including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder, finding that eight in ten people reported that the fear of being stigmatised or discriminated against stopped them from doing things they wanted to do, including seeking help for a mental health problem (61%), disclosing their mental health condition to friends or family (69%) or applying for a job or promotion at work (61%)
- In the workplace only one third of women are comfortable talking about their health needs and only half say their workplace is supportive in this area.
- Period stigma can impact on participation in education or work, and period poverty impacts on mental wellbeing and dignity.
References & Further Reading
- This is poverty. | JRF
- Health matters: health and work – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- What the quality of work means for our health – The Health Foundation
- 4047 IS WORK cov Vn1_0 (publishing.service.gov.uk)
- The impact of working conditions on mental health: Novel evidence from the UK – ScienceDirect
- wellbeing_and_work.pdf (ioe.ac.uk)
- Employment status and impact on mental wellbeing in the UK working age population: a cross-sectional analysis – The Lancet
- fair-society-healthy-lives-full-report-pdf.pdf (instituteofhealthequity.org)
What we know matters and why
|I am safe and supported at work||Safe work practices prevent stress, illness and injury. Being well supported gives me a sense of control over my work, increases my job satisfaction and supports my work/life balance.|
|I have stable employment with fair pay.||Reliable working hours and patterns, a living wage, and security of employment, means I can afford to maintain a good standard of quality of life for me and my family.|
|I have reasonable adjustments when I need them||Adapting your working practices and environment to meet my health conditions or disability-related needs helps to overcome the barriers I face in accessing work.|
|I can progress in my career||Equality of access to opportunities to progress means more diverse representation and better quality management throughout my organisation.|
How will things be different in Suffolk and North East Essex
|We wIll as health and care employers, widen access to employment for local people, pay a living wage, create healthy workplaces and ensure opportunities for career progression for people from diverse groups and deprived communities and for older employees.||We will encourage volunteering in health and care organisations for people exploring a career in the NHS, social care and community and social enterprise sectors.|
|We will spend money locally, and encourage partners eg Chamber of Commerce to contract locally, to boost local employment and the economy||We will enable working people with health conditions or disabilities, and those with caring responsibilities, to take time off work, and provide flexible healthcare appointments to fit with their commitments.|
|We will buy from organisations who support the local community, and encourage the growth of local business and social enterprises.||We will co-produce information for employers on potential health issues for their employees, including creating a positive environment where people can talk about their health issues, and reasonable adjustments for those who need them.|