The UK's average level of wellbeing – assessed according to such factors as working hours and housing affordability – places it in the bottom third of developed nations. Source: OECD. A third of professionals in their 20s and 30s feel they have wasted years in the wrong job and are having a 'quarter life crisis.' Source: Linkedin. Almost half of Scots surveyed believe the behaviour of young people is no worse than it was 30 years ago. Source: Scottish Government. Young people are taking part in a wider range of sexual practices. Source: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The main things that motorists find annoying about other people's driving are tailgating (77%), drivers who don't signal (72%), people texting while driving (57%) and drivers who leave their full beam on (55%). Source: Accident Advice Helpline. More than 200,000 personal items have been saved from the burnt remains of Grenfell Tower. Source: Metropolitan Police. A quarter of Japanese convicts aged 65+ reoffend within two years of being released compared to just 11% of those under 29 years old. Poverty is believed to be the main cause of this 'silver crime.' Source: Justice Ministry, Japan. 242,938 children disappeared in India between 2012 and 2017. Source: Ministry of Women and Child Development, India. England and Wales recorded 2,255 modern slavery offences in 2016 – an increase of 159% from 2015. Source: UK Government. Drinkers aged 55-64 in England and Scotland drink more than any other age group. Source: Drink Wise, Age Well.
The richest 1% of people in the world now own half of the planet's wealth. Source: Credit Suisse global wealth report. Properties in Edinburgh and Glasgow sell fastest – Edinburgh in an average of 41 days, Glasgow in an average of 50 – of all the major cities in the UK. Source: Post Office Money. Dundee is the seventh least productive city in Britain judged by output per worker, Aberdeen the sixth most productive. Source: Centre for Cities. Retail sales in October grew by 0.3%, despite predictions of a lower growth rate. Source: Office for National Statistics. The price of food and non-alcoholic drink rose by 4.1% in October. Source: Office for National Statistics. Over half of the goods sold on Black Friday are cheaper or the same price on other days of the year. Source: Which? The number of EU nationals working in the UK in the third quarter of this year was 2.38 million, the highest recorded. Source: Office for National Statistics. The number of people in employment in the UK in the third quarter of this year fell slightly to 32m. Source: Office for National Statistics. Lidl is Britain's fastest growing supermarket. Source: Kantar Worldpanel.
In the last 25 years, there has been a 26% reduction in the amount of fresh water available per capita, a loss of 470,000 square miles of forestland, and a 29% drop in the total number of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish. Source: World Scientists Warning. Thousands of dolphins, whales and porpoises are being killed in fishing nets in EU countries. Spain, Finland and Sweden have been ‘notably poor’ in abiding by EU rules. Source: Whale and Dolphin Conservation. A mutation found in the genes of Amish people – who avoid the trappings of modern society, including electricity, cars and medicine – appears to be responsible for their long lifespan (average: 85 years). Source: Science Advances journal.
Sperm counts of men in the West decline by 1.6% each year. Source: Human Reproduction Update. The biggest risk to male fertility is the wearing of tight underwear. Source: University of Sheffield. Coffee drinkers have a 7% lower risk of developing heart failure for every cup of coffee they consume each week. Source: University of Colerado. Eating a variety of nuts at least twice a week cuts the risk of heart disease by almost a quarter. Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 45% of all deaths in Europe in 2016. Source: European Heart Journal. Being the victim of bullying or violence in the workplace could increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 46%. Source: University College London. Bullying makes the blood-brain barrier leaky, leading to brain inflammation and feelings of depression. Source: Icahn School of Medicine, New York. Overweight and obese women with breast cancer are more likely to have a large tumour when it is detected due to it being harder to find. Source: Karolinska Institute. One in five cancer patients report having moderate to severe mental health problems – around 530,000 people in the UK. Source: Macmillan Cancer Support. Tree-lined streets may be a defence against asthma attacks. Researchers have found a link between areas highly populated by trees and lower rates of emergency visits to hospital for asthma. Source: University of Exeter. Single dog owners have a 33% reduction in risk of death and an 11% reduction in risk of cadiovascular disease compared to single people without a dog. Source: Mubanga et al, Sweden. A new smart plaster is being fast-tracked into the NHS which can detect the signs of sepsis six hours earlier than current methods. Source: PMD Solutions.
Overseas residents made 3.9 million visits to the UK in August: an increase of 5% compared with August last year. Source: Office for National Statistics. UK residents made 8.9 million visits abroad in August – down 3% compared with August last year. Source: Office for National Statistics.
A bridge will sway if a ‘magic number’ of people walk across it with synchronised footfall. Source: Georgia State University. Each adult will buy an average of 17 gifts this Christmas. Source: Amazon. Prairie voles, one of the few mammals that form long-term monogamous pairs, will split up if one is a heavy drinker (of alcohol created from fermented fruit), suggesting that alcohol and break-ups may have a biological basis. Source: Oregon Health and Science University.
SR's partner organisation, the Young Programme charity, is looking to recruit an additional member of our creative team for the 2018 season. We organise courses of professional development for people in the early stages of their careers. These include the Young Scotland Programme, the Young England and Wales Programme, and the Young Ireland Programme. If you have an ability to communicate with young people, a thorough knowledge of current affairs, experience of chairing and facilitating discussion, and the freedom to commit to at least six residential events a year, each of three days' duration, you could well be the ideal person for this assignment. You would be paid a daily rate, and your travel and accommodation costs would be met by the Young Programme. Interested? Then the director of the Young Programme, Fiona MacDonald, would like to hear from you. Email her on firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and a covering letter of application no later than Friday 8 December.