Coronavirus pandemic and work-related ill-health in Great Britain, 2020/21

93,000

Workers suffering COVID-19 in 2020/21 which they believe may have been from exposure to coronavirus at work (new or long-standing) (LFS).

645,000

Workers suffering from a work-related illness caused or made worse by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic (new or long-standing) in 2020/21 (LFS) [Excludes 93,000 suffering COVID-19]

32,110

COVID-19 cases reported to Enforcing Authorities in 2020/21 which employer believed may be caused by exposure at work (RIDDOR)

New and long-standing cases of COVID-19 which the worker believes may have been caused by exposure to coronavirus at work, 2020/21
Case type Percentage of all COVID-19 cases
Worker from health and social work sector [Note A] 56
COVID-19 confirmed by a test [Note B] 80

The rate of self-reported COVID-19 believed to have been caused by exposure to coronavirus at work is around 4 times higher in workers in health and social work compared to the average rate in workers across all industries.

New and long-standing cases of work-related ill health caused or made worse by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic by type, 2020/21

New and long-standing cases of work-related ill health caused or made worse by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic by type, 2020/21
Category Cases
Stress, depression or anxiety 70
Musculoskeletal disorders 13
Other 17

Industries with higher than average rates of new and long-standing work-related ill health caused or made worse by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, 2020/21

Industry Rate Lower CI Upper CI
Human health/social work 3110 2545 3675
Public administration/defence 2750 1860 3640
Education 2450 1855 3045
All Industries 1780 1595 1965

Around 20% of all those suffering from a work-related illness caused or made worse by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic were in human health and social work activities.

Notes

These estimates of the number of workers who suffered work-related ill health as a result of the coronavirus pandemic should not be subtracted from the overall estimate of work-related ill health presented elsewhere. It cannot be assumed that those individuals would not have otherwise suffered a work-related illness in the absence of coronavirus. This includes both those suffering COVID-19 they believe may have been from exposure to coronavirus at work and those suffering from another work-related illness caused or made worse by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Workers suffering COVID-19 they believe may have been from exposure to coronavirus at work in 2020/21 (LFS)

Workers suffering from a work-related illness caused or made worse by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic (LFS)

Updated 2021-12-06