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“Sustainable Job Growth” is a motto for many governments, especially in the aftermath of a recession. The problem of “job quality” is less often addressed and may be seen as job growth. The sentiment ‘any job is better than no job’ may resonate with governments as well as people, especially in the context of high unemployment. However, if the balance between improving the quality of jobs and creating new jobs becomes greatly imbalanced towards the latter, this could increase work stress among and future workers, which in turn has health, economic and social costs. A recent British Academy Policy Report on Stress at Work highlights these , and describes the context determinants and consequences of work-related stress in Britain.