// Retail workers are considering leaving their jobs due to stress over the past year
// 26% are thinking about leaving the industry, making them nearly twice as likely as the average worker to feel this way
New research has found that retail employees are considering leaving their jobs because of excessive stress suffered during the last year.
A total of 26 per cent are thinking about leaving the industry, making them nearly twice as likely as the average worker to feel this way, according to the 2021 Stress and Mental Health study.
Only 13 per cent of people were close to quitting their role across healthcare, teaching and education, transport and logistics and finance.
Meanwhile, five per cent of retail workers have already left the sector due to stress.
With winter escalating Covid-19 infection rates and Christmas just around the corner, pressure is beginning to pile on the retail service, causing concerns that a staff shortage will place extra strain on the sector.
As many as three in five retail workers have experienced excessive stress at work over the last year.
At least 28 per cent felt their employers didn’t provide the support they needed.
Meanwhile, 16 per cent of workers in the industry have taken statutory sick days or unpaid leave due to mental health issues, with one in five suffering from mental health issues other than stress over the last year.