Bank of England staff sick leave and resignations citing stress for the calendar years for 2012 - 2014

We publish details of a selection of requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and the information we disclose in response.

Subject/Request Details: For each of 2012, 2013 and 2014:  (1) The number of Bank of England staff who took time off due to stress or stress-related illness.  (2) The total number of days taken off by Bank of England staff due to stress or stress-related illness.  (3) The number of Bank of England staff who quit their jobs citing stress or stress-related illness as a reason

Date released:  8 July 2015


The Bank of England (the ‘Bank’) regards the well-being of its employees as an important priority.  A wide-range of services which promote, support and maintain physical and psychological well-being are available to people who work at the Bank and include:

  • In-house Staff Counsellors;
  • An Employee Assistance Programme:  A free and confidential support service offering access to advice and information including:  work/career, housing, money, retirement, relationships, children, health, management support;
  • Occupational health doctor and nurse;  
  • Bank Networks (including a mental health network);  and
  • Flexible working

The table below provides information on the number of absences for Bank employees that have been recorded under the category ‘anxiety’, which is the category within the Bank’s absence recording system which reflects the type of absences described in your request.  Some absences which could be regarded as ‘due to stress’ or ‘stress related illness’ may have been recorded under different absence categories and therefore not included in the figures provided below.  To note that any absences due to ‘anxiety’ may be due to causes from either inside or outside the workplace.  

Calendar Year 

Number of Bank employees who recorded days off due to ‘anxiety’ 

Average number of full time equivalent Bank employees 

 Number of full time equivalent days off recorded as due to ‘anxiety’ by Bank employees

 2012  28 2000 501
2013 54 3110 973
2014 43 3508 940

Regarding the final question the Bank does not hold resignation reasons that provide this detail.