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June 11, 2013

Accountants’ stress levels up

Almost three quarters of visitors to the Accountex 2013 accountancy exhibition and conference at the end of May believe accountancy has become a more stressed profession in the past 12 months according to a poll run by the UK Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association (CABA).

On the CABA stand, visitors were asked the question: "Is accountancy a more stressed profession than this time last year?" Those answering ‘yes’ numbered 178, with 61 disagreeing.

CABA chief executive Kath Haines said: "While this is not as scientific as our usual research, it very much underlines the results of previous surveys undertaken by CABA that indicate accountants are feeling increasingly stressed.

"We have found that the causes of stress for accountants are both intensifying and changing. Over a long period of time, the usual factors mentioned by those affected have tended to be issues such as the difficulty of juggling home and work commitments, and the general long hours working culture seen in accountancy.

"What we are seeing is an intensification of these ‘established’ drivers and new factors emerging. For example, in our recent wellbeing survey, 30% of accountants said that their personal finances were a cause of stress and this especially seems to be the case when it comes to long-term financial planning. Many people see a future for themselves where they believe they will have to work harder and longer."

Resources to help accountants deal with stress can be found on the CABA website or through the CABA helpline, including a range of specialist wellbeing courses.

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