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UK Occupational Health Market Report 2021
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“Employees have had to engage with health and wellbeing in a different way during the pandemic and this has increased awareness of the many services that are available from OH…

UK Occupational Health Market Report 2021

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Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the UK Occupational Health market, including the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a major shift in the way that people work, with many working from home throughout 2020 due to the closure of many office spaces and non-essential businesses. This trend towards more flexible working could be set to continue into the longer term, meaning that occupational health providers and employers may have to adapt their policies and support roles. The market between 2021 and 2025 is expected to grow by 13%.

As the pandemic subsides and workers return to offices and other on-site locations for work, OH providers will need to work with employees and employers to develop guidelines and support measures. Despite the vaccination scheme, transmission of the virus and other illnesses will need help to be prevented, as well as other accidents and injuries as people settle back into their routines.

Looking into the longer term, in the next 10 – 20 years there will be a significant demographic change, with an ageing workforce unable to or unwilling to retire due to a shortage of workers. Employers need to become more proactive in protecting the health and wellbeing of their employees coming out of the pandemic, protecting them both working at home and on-site. The innovations and changes in policy made now will help to support an ageing workforce heading into the future.

Read on to discover more details or take a look at all of our UK Health and Wellbeing market research.

Quickly understand

  • The impact of COVID-19 on employee health and how employers will react to new working environments.
  • How the OH market will adapt to the post-COVID-19 environment.
  • The value of individual segments in the market in 2019.
  • Consumer opinion and interest in workplace initiatives and benefits.

Covered in this report

Brands: Bupa Occupational Health, Cigna Healthcare Occupational Health, HCA International, Health Management, Iqarus, Medigold Health, Optima Health Group Limited.

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Lewis Cone, a leading analyst in the B2B sector, his extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

Employees have had to engage with health and wellbeing in a different way during the pandemic and this has increased awareness of the many services that are available from oh providers – remotely, digitally and in-person. Some of these services have been particularly beneficial for employees and are therefore likely to create long-term behavioural change, which will bring a number of opportunities for the market to expand – it is down to the industry to fully capitalise on these over the coming months and years.

Lewis Cone
Senior B2B Analyst

Table of Contents

  1. Overview

    • Key issues covered in this Report
    • COVID-19: market context
    • Economic and other assumptions
    • Products covered in this Report
  2. Executive Summary

    • COVID-19 and occupational health
      • Figure 1: Expected impact of COVID-19 on occupational health: short, medium and long term, 14 April 2021
    • Market forecast
    • The return to the workplace will see opportunities and market value widen
      • Figure 2: UK occupational health market forecast, by provider, 2021-25 (£ million at 2020 prices)
    • Market size
    • Slower growth in 2020 but OH expands service awareness
      • Figure 3: UK market segmentation for occupational health provision at salary costs for non-commercial operators, by type of provider, 2020 (£ million)
    • Wales records highest sickness absence rate
      • Figure 4: Sickness absence rates, by region, six highest rates, 2020 (%)
    • Minor illness and musculoskeletal problems lead to most working days lost
      • Figure 5: Number of days lost through sickness absence in the UK, by reason, 2020* (% of total days lost)
  3. Issues and Insights

    • Musculoskeletal problems and mental health problems escalate due to significant rise in homeworking, whilst return-to-work guidelines add to OH providers’ own workload
    • Lack of OH professionals entering the industry may stunt market development at a time when it is most needed
  4. The Market – Key Takeaways

    • Slower market growth in 2020 but awareness of OH grows
    • The return to work will see OH opportunities widen and improve market value
  5. Market Size

    • Workforce
      • Figure 6: Working hours lost due to sickness absence, 2016-20* (%)
      • Figure 7: Working hours lost due to sickness absence, by age, 2016-20* (%)
    • Public sector
    • Employment structure
      • Figure 8: Analysis of employment in central and local government, by size of company, at the start of 2020 (number of businesses and 000s of employees)
    • Private sector
      • Figure 9: Analysis of employment in the private sector, by size of company, at the start of 2020 (number of businesses and 000s of employees)
    • Overall market
      • Figure 10: Differences in absence and workforce size, 2015-20* (average days lost per employee)
    • Statutory sick pay
    • Cost of absence
      • Figure 11: Analysis of cost of workplace illness and injury, by cost bearer, 2008/09-2018/19 (£ billion in 2018 prices)
    • Reasons for absence
      • Figure 12: Number of days lost through sickness absence in the UK, by reason, 2016-20* (millions)
      • Figure 13: Estimated working days lost due to work-related illness or injury, by illness or injury, 2015/16-2019/20 (000s)
    • Stress
      • Figure 14: Causes of work-related stress, 2021, (% of respondents, top three causes)
      • Figure 15: Methods used to identify and reduce stress, 2021, (% of respondents that take steps to manage stress)
    • Flexible working trends
    • Regional analysis
      • Figure 16: UK regional employment, October-December 2018-20 (000s and % of total)
      • Figure 17: Regional public sector employment, 2016-20 (000)
      • Figure 18: Sickness absence rates, by region, 2020 (%)
    • Market development
    • Overview
    • OH market size
      • Figure 19: The UK market for occupational health provision at salary costs for non-commercial operators, 2016-20 (£ million)
      • Figure 20: UK market segmentation for occupational health provision at salary costs for non-commercial operators, by type of provider, 2016-20 (£ million)
  6. Market Forecast

    • Short-, medium- and long-term impact on the industry
      • Figure 21: Expected impact of COVID-19 on occupational health: short, medium and long term, 14 April 2021
    • Market drivers and assumptions
      • Figure 22: Key drivers affecting Mintel’s market forecast (prepared on 14 April 2021), 2016-25 (in % annual change and millions)
    • Learnings from the last recession
      • Figure 23: Industry performance following the last recession, 2008-15 (£m)
    • Overview
    • The return to work will see OH opportunities widen and market value improve
      • Figure 24: UK occupational health market forecast, by provider, 2021-25 (£ million at 2020 prices)
    • BOHS states that sustainable strategies are needed to tackle health risks
    • More employers recognise importance of employee health and wellbeing in light of the pandemic
  7. The Impact of the Economy

    • UK economy contracts by record 9.9% in 2020 due to COVID-enforced economic shutdowns
      • Figure 25: Annual GDP growth rate, 2016-20 (%)
  8. Market Trends

    • Employers review sickness policies in light of the pandemic
    • BHSF conducts remote health assessments for pandemic-hit firms
    • The decline in mental health provides opportunities for OH services to prove their worth…
    • …whilst financial wellbeing provides another entry point for service providers
  9. Market Drivers

    • Larger corporates saw turnover rise and employee numbers grow prior to the pandemic, but with challenges to both since, OH providers need to adapt offering
      • Figure 26: Business population in the UK, private sector, by company size, 2016-20 (number, £ billion and millions employed)
    • People working past traditional retirement age presenting challenges and opportunities for both OH providers and businesses alike
    • SOM issues COVID and ‘long’ COVID return-to-work guidance
  10. Companies and Brands – Key Takeaways

    • PHE and BiTC provide free health & wellbeing toolkits
    • Health Shield offers OH helpline to all employers across the UK
  11. Industry Structure

    • Industry development
    • Public Health England and BiTC provide free health & wellbeing toolkits
    • Other recent industry developments
    • Major industry groups
    • Structure of the industry
      • Figure 27: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the ‘other human health activities’ industry, 2016-20 (number of outlets and businesses)
    • Structure by employment
      • Figure 28: Analysis of the employment structure of the ‘other human health activities’ industry, 2019 and 2020 (number of employees and outlets)
    • Structure by turnover
      • Figure 29: Analysis of the financial structure of the ‘other human health activities’ industry, 2019 and 2020 (£000 and number of businesses)
  12. Competitive Strategies

    • Bupa launches new propositions to help boost employee health and wellbeing
    • Health Shield offers OH helpline to all employers across the UK
    • Cigna announces strategic overhaul that will sharpen focus on lifestyle support and medical treatments
    • Unum extends access to health app giving employees direct access to remote healthcare services
  13. Company Profiles

    • Bupa Occupational Health
    • Recent company activity
    • Financial information
      • Figure 30: Financial analysis of Bupa Occupational Health, 2015-19 (£000)
    • Cigna Healthcare Occupational Health
    • Recent company activity
    • HCA International
    • Recent company activity
    • Financial information
      • Figure 31: Financial analysis of HCA International, 2015-19 (£000)
      • Figure 32: Financial analysis of Roodlane Medical, 2015-19 (£000)
      • Figure 33: Financial analysis of Blossoms Healthcare, 2015-19 (£000)
    • Health Management
    • Recent company activity
    • Financial information
      • Figure 34: Financial analysis of Health Management, 2015-19 (£000)
    • Iqarus
    • Recent company activity
    • Financial information
      • Figure 35: Financial analysis of Iqarus Limited, 2015*-18 (£000)
    • Medigold Health
    • Recent company activity
    • Financial information
      • Figure 36: Financial analysis of Medigold Health Consultancy, 2015-20* (£000)
    • Optima Health Group Limited
    • Recent company activity
    • Financial information
      • Figure 37: Financial analysis of Optima Health Group Limited (formerly known as OH Assist Group Limited), 2016-19 (£000)
      • Figure 38: Financial analysis of Working on Wellbeing Ltd, 2015-19 (£000)
  14. Appendix – Data Sources, Abbreviations and Supporting Information

    • Abbreviations
    • Methodology
  15. Further Sources and Contacts

    • Trade Associations, Regulatory Authorities and Independent Bodies
    • British Occupational Hygiene Society
    • British Safety Council
    • Commercial Occupational Health Providers Association (COHPA)
    • Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    • Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
    • Institute of Occupational Medicine
    • Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
    • Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
    • The Association of Occupational Health and Wellbeing Professionals (iOH)
    • The Safety Assessment Federation
    • Trade Magazines
    • Employee Benefits
    • Health & Safety Matters
    • Occupational Health and Wellbeing
    • Safety & Health Practitioner
    • Safety Management Magazine
    • Trade Exhibitions
    • The Health and Safety Event
    • Health and Safety at Work Conference
    • Occupational Health 2021
    • Occupational Safety & Health Forum
    • Occupational Therapy Show
    • Safety & Health Expo
    • Workplace Wellbeing Virtual Conference/Show Connect/Show

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