Halt in Decline in Absence Levels

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A survey carried out by XpertHR has suggested that the gradual decline in levels of sickness absence that has been reported over four years appears to have come to an abrupt halt. The survey is carried out annually and found that between 2007 and 2011 there was a year-on-year decline in absence levels. However, in 2012, it found that the median rate of sickness increased from 2.5% in 2011 to 2.6% in 2012. The sickness absence overall represented an average of 2.9% of working time per year. Expressed in days, the average figure for 2012 as 6.6 days lost per year, or a median figure of 5.9 days. It has always been that absence levels in the public sector are high compared with those in the private sector and this remains the same in 2012 with number of days lost of 7.6. In terms of cost, the research showed that basic cost of absence amongst all UK employers was £595 per head.

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