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CIPD survey suggests that workers are taking fewer sick days

The 2014 annual CIPD survey on absence management has found that the number of days taken by employees as sick leave has fallen from an average of 7.6 days in 2013 to 6.6 days this year. The statistics show that there has been a fluctuating downward trend in absence rates over the last five years in all business sectors other than production and manufacturing which have remained largely constant.

The survey also reports that:

  • Public sector organisations have the highest absence rates with the average number of sick days in these organisations falling from 8.7 days last year to 7.9 days this year;
  • The average absence rate in the private sector is 5.5 days per year;
  • The median cost of absence is £609 per employee (which has changed little over the last few years);
  • Minor illnesses such as colds, stomach upsets and migraines are the most common cause of short term absences;
  • Stress is a common cause of long term absence; and
  • Two fifths of employers reported that stress absences had increased over the last year with workload being cited as the most common cause of stress.

To see a full copy of the report, please click here.

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