Sick days amongst British staff fall to an all-time low

The variety of days off sick taken by British staff has fallen to the bottom degree on file, in keeping with new figures launched yesterday.

On common each worker within the nation took simply over 4 days of sick go away final 12 months, a degree down from greater than seven when illness charges started to be recorded 25 years in the past.

However the evaluation confirmed that public sector staff are more likely to go sick than folks working for personal companies.

On average every employee in the country took just over four days of sick leave last year

On average every employee in the country took just over four days of sick leave last year

On common each worker within the nation took simply over 4 days of sick go away final 12 months

In personal enterprise, workers took off 1.7 of each 100 working days. Within the public sector, the illness fee was 2.6 in each 100 working days.

The worst illness ranges had been discovered within the NHS – public sector well being staff took 3.Three days in each 100 off sick, properly over every week yearly.

The report, from the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics, stated that illness charges in enterprise and business could possibly be on the way in which down due to bettering ranges of well being and the rising variety of years for which individuals now reside earlier than they fall sufferer to long-term sickness or incapacity.

Total illness ranges had been 4.1 final 12 months for every employee, down from 7.2 in 1993.

It added: ‘Rates in the private sector could be lower as workers are less likely to be paid for a spell of sickness. There may also be an increase in presenteeism, where people go to work even though they are ill.’

Giant personal sector companies now function within the freelance-based gig economic system, serving trades from taxis and eating places to plumbing, with out providing sick pay to staff.

Overall sickness levels were 4.1 last year for each worker, down from 7.2 in 1993

Overall sickness levels were 4.1 last year for each worker, down from 7.2 in 1993

Total illness ranges had been 4.1 final 12 months for every employee, down from 7.2 in 1993

The ONS report stated of illness within the well being, schooling and public administration sectors, which ran at 2.5 days off in each 100 working days final 12 months, that top illness ranges may come from hospital work.

The report stated: ‘It is possible that the exposure of health workers to infections and diseases contributes to their higher sickness absence rate. Also, this industry is still largely in the public sector, which has a higher sickness absence rate.’

It added that for the reason that 1990s ‘the speed for staff within the public sector has been constantly greater than within the personal sector, though each sectors have seen an general lower.

‘Higher sickness absence in the public sector is partly explained by the profile of the workforce: it employs more older people and women, both of whom tend to have higher rates of sickness absence; it is more likely to employ staff with a long-standing health condition who are more likely to go off sick and tends to offer more generous sick pay arrangements.’

Greater than 1 / 4 of sick days are stated to be a results of coughs, colds and minor diseases – 26.2 days in 100, some 34.Three million working days in whole.

A standard type of illness amongst these aged 50 to 64 was again or joint ache, chargeable for simply over one sick day in 5.

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