Employers can reduce deepening health inequalities by providing good quality work and by changing the nature of ‘hierarchical and disempowering’ jobs, the latest Marmot review has argued.

The report estimates that 30 per cent of the shortfall in productivity in the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ compared with the rest of England is due to ill health.

At the same time, around one in eight workers put in over 48-hour weeks in the UK, rising to one in six in London. Yet long hours are a factor in early deaths from stroke and heart disease.

Highlighting the research, the Business of Health Equity: The Marmot Review for Industry sets out a roadmap for change and for business in levelling up.

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