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Report: Sickness absence on the wane across UK

Report: Sickness absence on the wane across UK

Employers are dealing with lower levels of sickness absence than in previous years, a new study has shown.

Research published today (July 24th) by XpertHR revealed the amount of time lost by companies due to people being off work due to illness declined to 2.8 per cent last year.

This represents a marked decline on the figure of 3.6 per cent recorded in 2007 and is indicative of a gradual fall in the rate of absence among professionals across all sectors.

XpertHR's survey involved analysing statistics from 120 organisations and found that while, on average, professionals took just over six days off in 2011, the public sector has to deal with higher numbers of absences than the private arena.

Nevertheless, Rachel Suff, author of the report, commented: "Figures show a slow but sure year-on-year decline in overall absence levels across all employers over the past five years, including the public sector."

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Posted by Trusha Vyas