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Decrease in Sickness Absence

Decrease in Sickness Absence shown in statistics released by the Office for National Statistics

Friday 17th of August 2018 16:14

The average number of sickness absence days taken by UK workers has almost halved since 1993, according to a dataset released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The figures show that employees took an average of 4.1 sickness absence days in 2017, compared with 7.2 days in 1993, with sickness absence starting to fall overall from 1999.

Suggested reasons for the decrease are an improvement in healthy life expectancy, workers being less likely to receive sick pay in the private sector, and an increasing number of people attending work even if they are ill.

 

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