Office for National Statistics Announces Drop in Sickness Rates

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According to recent figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 131 million working days were lost due to sickness absence or injury throughout the United Kingdom in 2011. This equates to a 26% fall measured in 1993 when 178 million days were lost. In 2011 the average number of working days lost per worker was 4.5 days, with the most common reason given for absence being coughs, colds and flu at 27.5 million days. The greatest number of days lost were due to musculoskeletal problems which accounted for just over 25% of the days lost or 34.4 millions days, and stress, depression and anxiety accounted for 13.1 millions days. How does your company’s sickness absence rate compare with these figures?

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