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Workers concerned over stress

Workers are more stressed, putting in longer hours and taking fewer holidays because of the "devastating" impact of the economic downturn, according to a new study.

A survey of 1,500 adults showed those in Yorkshire claimed to have the best work-life balance, while almost half of Londoners didn't use all their holiday entitlement.

Just over half of those questioned said stress levels had increased in recent years, sometimes even when they weren't at work.

One in eight weren't taking all their leave, either because they were too busy, couldn't afford a break or were worried it might affect their job security, and almost a third were working up to seven hours a week unpaid overtime.

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