Report highlights death by occupation

Security guards, carers and taxi drivers are among the most likely to die from COVID-19, according to a new report.

Caring for an elderly relative

 

People working in the lowest skilled occupations have the highest death rates, with men working as security guards having one of the highest death rates, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Men are statistically more likely to die from COVID-19 and that shows in the occupation data. Among men, a number of other specific occupations were found to have raised rates of death involving COVID-19, including: taxi drivers and chauffeurs; bus and coach drivers; chefs; and sales and retail assistants.

Among women, only one of the nine major occupational groups had a statistically significantly higher mortality rate for deaths involving the coronavirus than the general population: caring, leisure and other service occupations.

As with men, most of these deaths were among care workers and home care workers.

Healthcare workers, including those with jobs such as doctors and nurses, were not found to have higher rates of death involving COVID-19 when compared with the rate among those whose death involved COVID-19 of the same age and sex in the general population.

Meanwhile, the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has written to the Department for Work and Pensions threatening legal action if the duty of care during the pandemic is not extended to include those who are not employees, such as gig workers like couriers, drivers and cleaners.

 

 



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