The 52 suicides comprised 45 men and seven women, according to the ONS data.
This job description ranked 60th in the list out of 369 for the highest numbers for males. Pension and insurance clerks (10 suicides) ranked 191st in the same list, while estate agents and auctioneers (18) were 123rd. Financial institution managers and directors (7) was 224th and financial and accounting technicians (4) was 271st.
Construction and building trades (413) and elementary construction occupations (380) were the two occupations with the highest number of suicides for men.
The ONS reported that overall, there were 18,998 suicides in men and women aged between 20 and 64 years between 2011 and 2015, which constitutes a rate of around 12 deaths for every 100,000 people per year. For around 7 in 10 (13,232) of these suicides, an occupation was provided at the time of death registration.
Males working in the lowest-skilled occupations had a 44% higher risk of suicide than the male national average; the risk among males in skilled trades was 35% higher.
The risk of suicide among low-skilled male labourers, particularly those working in construction roles, was 3 times higher than the male national average.
For males working in skilled trades, the highest risk was among building finishing trades; particularly, plasterers and painters and decorators had more than double the risk of suicide than the male national average.
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