Some frontline workers are clocking up 33,000 steps per shift, according to a new study which highlights just how far the blue light community goes every day to keep the nation safe.
The research was conducted by Blue Light Card, the UK’s leading specialist discount service for emergency services, NHS and social care workers. The company asked its members to reveal how many steps they racked up during a recent work week, by monitoring their smartwatch, pedometer or phone’s step counter.
The study comes following reports that staffing shortages in the NHS are at an all-time high, with figures released by NHS England showing the number of staff off work due to Covid-19 doubled in the last two weeks of 2021.
Out of all blue light workers, firefighters logged the highest number of steps per week on average, with over 80,000 steps per worker.
However, one police officer walked more than 240,000 steps in their most recent work week, of which they had seven shifts. This equates to 15.5 miles of walking per day, surpassing a half marathon (13.1 miles) in each shift.
For comparison, most Brits walk between 3,000-4,000 steps, or 1.5 miles, per day.
Of those surveyed, the individual respondents who logged the highest step count per week were:
|Position||Job role||Steps taken per week||Estimated miles walked per week||Estimated time on feet per week|
|1||Police officer||247,756||109.3||36.3 hours|
|2||Social care worker||163,000||71.73||23.9 hours|
|3||Play coordinator||160,671||70.71||23.5 hours|
|4||Support worker||156,000||68.65||22.8 hours|
|5||Health care assistant||150,000||66.01||22 hours|
|6||Fire service administrator||127,794||56.24||18.7 hours|
|7||Detention officer||127,631||56.17||18.7 hours|
|8||Police Officer||125,324||55.15||18.3 hours|
|9||Home carer||123,777||54.47||18.1 hours|
|10||St John's Ambulance||121,257||53.36||17.7 hours|
Despite one police officer dominating the list of individual respondents, the sectors that accumulated the highest number of steps overall were firefighters and prison officers.
According to the study, firefighters walk 238% more than the average Brit per week, while 30% of prison officers are clocking up more than 100,000 steps per week.
|Position||Sector||Average steps taken per week||Average miles walked per week||Estimated time on feet per week|
|2||Prison officer||70,598||31.07||10.3 hours|
|3||Health care assistants||63,504||28.95||9.3 hours|
|5||Upper management||59,226||26.06||8.6 hours|
|6||NHS scientists||58,160||25.6||8.5 hours|
|7||Police officers||54,782||24.11||8 hours|
|8||Social care workers||54,636||24.05||8 hours|
Tom Dalby, CEO at Blue Light Card, commented: “Many frontline workers are on their feet a lot throughout the day, walking to different patients, attending emergency incidents, performing security checks, and monitoring street-level behaviour. But they often work longer shifts than the average office worker, meaning they can be on their feet for up to 12 hours a day.
“We decided to conduct this research to enable the British public to step into the shoes of blue light workers, and provide them with a better understanding of just how far, both mentally and physically, frontline workers go every single day to protect our communities.
“It’s clear to see that every single sector mentioned here is doing more steps than the average Brit, who does around 24,500 per week and during winter months especially, many frontline workers may have to work even longer hours too.
“Each and every day UK emergency services, NHS and social care workers work incredibly hard, while coping with physical demands many of us can’t even imagine and this study really highlights all their tireless efforts. We’re incredibly thankful to the whole blue light community for all they do for the nation.”
For more information about Blue Light Card, visit https://www.bluelightcard.co.uk/.