15-25 apprentices and trainees ENYAN Temporary work ‘placing mental health of young people at risk’

Young people in temporary work are nearly 30 per cent more likely to experience mental health problems than their counterparts in permanent work, a study has found.

The research – published by think-tank the Institute for Public Policy Research(IPPR) and charity Business in the Community – analysed the wellbeing of younger workers in flexible jobs or who were underemployed or overqualified.

It found younger workers with flexible employment status were 29 per cent more likely to suffer poorer mental health and wellbeing compared to those in secure work.

The study also revealed those workers who believed there was a 50 per cent chance of losing their job were twice as likely to experience mental health problems compared to those whose work was not threatened. 

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