Sickness absence falls to 1.9%, the lowest on record.

The Office for National Statistics has confirmed that absence is at an all time low. The rate varies according to sector, country area, employment status and lifestyle issues too. Our article looks at the key headlines of the ONS report which is really fascinating stuff – read our full article to see why a Welsh public sector worker who smokes is likely to be Britain’s sickest employee!

The Office for National Statistics has confirmed that absence is at an all time low. The rate varies according to sector, country area, employment status and lifestyle issues too. Our article looks at the key headlines of the ONS report which is really fascinating stuff – we can see that a Welsh public sector worker who smokes is likely to be Britain’s sickest employee!

  • Sickness absence stats for 2016 have just been released and have revealed the following (in summary)
  • The overall rate was 1.9%, 137 million lost days in total, an average of 4.3 days per worker
  • Londoners had fewer sick days at 1.4%, the Welsh were sickest (2.6%), the Scots not far behind at 2.5%.
  • Public sector workers were 58% sicker than private sector workers with 2.9% absence vs 1.7%.
  • Coughs and colds were the commonest reasons (34m days), musculoskeletal issues a close second (31m) and mental health including stress a distant third at 16m days lost.
  • Smokers had a substantially higher tendency to be off sick (2.5% vs 1.6% for non-smokers)
  • Employees were 33% more likely to be off sick than self-employed people.

If your absence rates are higher than the national average you might want to watch our videos on managing absence.

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