February 8, 2016

One in Eight Experience Workplace Violence

One person in eight has experienced violence at work, according to a survey carried out by You Gov for the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

Work-related violence – such as being pushed or spat on, or being punched or stabbed has been experienced by 12% of the 1,642 people questioned.

With more than 31 million people in employment, the TUC is concerned that this could mean almost 4 million people have experienced violence at work at some point in their career.

Of those who have experienced violence in their workplace, one in five (20%) report it happening more than 10 times.

Medical and health workers were the biggest group to say they have faced work-related violence (22%), followed by workers in education (12%), hospitality and leisure (11%), retail (9%) and manufacturing (6%).

The TUC has calculated this could mean as many as 870,000 medical and health workers, 470,000 workers in education and 430,000 workers in the hospitality and leisure industry could have experienced violence while carrying out their jobs.

Reporting work related violence - Advice from the TUC