Self-employed enjoy less stress

Posted 20th November 2017 in For Businesses For Workers

Self-employed workers enjoy a less stressful working life, claims a new survey.

Research from AXA Business Insurance found those working for themselves feel they have a better work-life balance, improved mental wellbeing and generally feel under less pressure than those who work for others.

Although 78 per cent of self-employed people would consider themselves stressed at some level, this was less 90 per cent of employed workers.

New research out this week busts some of the most prevalent myths about being self-employed in today’s Britain.

Interestingly, less self-employed workers felt their stress was due to their work life – 42 per cent compared to 61 per cent of those who work for others.

AXA’s survey also found just 22 per cent of self-employed workers felt they worked long hours, compared to 50 per cent of those employed.

Gareth Howell, managing director of AXA Direct, said: “Looking at our index, self-employed people do indeed appear stressed, but that’s only before you compare them to everyone else,” he said.

“This is a fascinating bit of insight: does life just get less stressful when you’re self-employed, or do you simply become more resilient?

“Being able to wrest back control in an uncertain world is the crux of our self-employment boom, and explains why the self-employed come out best in this year’s Stress Index.”

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