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More than 2.4m young workers suffering from stress

More than 2.4m workers aged between 18 and 29 are suffering from stress and regularly feel under pressure, according to a survey by the market research agency GfK NOP.

The survey revealed that four out of ten young workers believe their employer is using the recession as an excuse for making them do more work without extra pay.

By contrast, only three out of ten workers in their sixties feel the same way.

GfK says the need to cut costs could be making businesses put more pressure on the youngest and most junior members of the workforce.

More than 1.5m young workers - that’s one in four - say their health is affected by the pressure of work.

GfK surveyed 30,556 working adults in 29 countries. It found that the pressure of work meant that young British workers felt less engaged with their employers than young workers in most other countries.

Britain ranked 17th in terms of worker engagement. A spokesman for GfK said: "Businesses that view young staff as cheap and expendable may well come to count the cost.

"In the UK, we have a recognised ageing population and so the younger generations are becoming exponentially more important in the workplace, as well as to the nation - they are not only companies’ future talent, but also represent the future financial stability of Britain."

People who feel they are being put under unreasonable stress or are being discriminated against because of their age may be able to claim compensation. Please contact us if you would like more information about the issues raised in this article or any aspect of employment law.

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