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Figures recently released by the Office for National Statistics show that on average 4.1 days per worker were lost to sickness in 2017, this compares to 7.2 days lost per worker in 1993. The total number of days lost to sickness also fell over this period from 178.3 million in 1993 to 131.2 million in 2017.
The most common cause of sickness absence was recorded as minor illnesses at 34.3million days, musculoskeletal problems (includes back pain, neck and upper limb problems etc) were the next most common cause at 28.2 million days. Stress, depression and anxiety were also a significant factor at 14.3million lost days.
It is important that you have clear policies to manage sickness absence in your workplace and avoid treating anyone unfairly.
Our HR Support service colleagues at PIB Risk Management, led by Mariea Clarke, can help you plan ahead, maintain legal compliance and work through your HR challenges. Please contact Mariea using Mariea.Clarke@pibrm.com if you have any questions or would like to arrange an HR compliance audit.
The full sickness absence in the labour market statistics can be found on the ONS website at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/datasets/sicknessabsenceinthelabourmarket