Just more than one in 10 (13%) of British employees said they do not suffer from  stress Reuters

Almost one quarter of British workers are feeling increased pressure at work - a much higher figure than their European counterparts.

According to recruiters Stepstone and totaljobs, who questioned 2,555 employees across the UK and Europe, 24% of British workers feel anxious at work.

The study reveals that out of the eight countries surveyed, including France, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland, British respondents are the most likely to say they suffer workplace stress.

Less than one in eight (13%) of British employees say they do not suffer any stress and that they deal with their workload well. The European average is 42%.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Dutch and the French are the most relaxed.

More than six in 10 (64%) of employees in the Netherlands and France are not at all stressed at work and feel perfectly able to handle their workload.

The figures come after data by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed that absence related to stress, depression and anxiety accounted for 15.2 million lost days of employment last year - up from 11.8 million in 2010.

"Companies need to pay more attention to the hidden danger of stress, which is becoming a big issue in the workplace," said John Salt, website director at totaljobs.

"It's vital that employers ensure staff are able to handle their workload within normal working hours, leaving enough time during the week to switch off, recharge and relax.

"Taking care of stress in the workplace is a win-win for employees and employers alike.

"Jobseekers should consider the atmosphere, culture and HR policies when looking for employment."