Over half of the UK's IT professionals have had one or more symptoms of overwork or burnout in the past six months, according to a new report from global recruitment and HR consultancy Hudson.
But employers seem to be in denial about the problem, with barely a quarter seeing it as an issue in their company despite 93 per cent believing that burnout exists as a workplace issue.
"Working long hours and being available 24/7 goes with the territory for many technology workers," said Paul Taylor, director of technology at Hudson UK.
"Burnout, however, goes deeper than this. It is worrying that business managers do not appear to be able to increase productivity and hold onto top talent at the same time."
Over a quarter of employees surveyed had experienced physical or emotional exhaustion in the past six months, and 25 per cent had suffered loss of sleep or illness owing to worrying about work.
More than one in two employees and employers thought that the situation had worsened in the past five years, the main causes being more competition, round-the-clock availability and fewer employees to do the work.
Some 69 per cent of employees aged over 46 cited the increased use of 'anytime, anywhere' technology (email, PDAs, mobile phones and voicemail) as a factor compared with 50 per cent of their younger counterparts.
Men aged 45 to 55 working in the south west are most likely to have experienced symptoms of burnout. Women over 55 from the Midlands are the least burnt-out workers in the UK, according to the survey.
When asked how they should tackle the incidence of burnout in the IT industry, employers agreed that better support networks and helping employees build additional skills would invigorate staff and prevent burnout.
Simply giving employees more time off and encouraging them to work fewer hours were the least recommended solutions.
The findings support increasing fears of a skills gap, which has prompted UK companies to spend millions on training.
Hudson UK commissioned the survey of 1,000 UK employees split equally between employees and management.
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