Sickness absence continues downward trend

Sickness absence is continuing on a downward trend amongst employees, according to a survey of sickness absence by EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, and Westfield Health.

The survey shows that from 2007 to 2010 there has been a steady fall in sickness absence, with the average employee taking 5.0 days sickness in 2010 compared to 6.7 days in 2007.Significantly, an all time high of 45% of employees took no days off through sickness in 2010. Whilst recessionary effects may have played a part, this trend began before the recession with year on year improvements over the last five years.

Jill Davies of Westfield Health says, “The workforce is an employer’s most valuable asset and the falling sickness absence rates show that the right steps are being taken to continue this positive trend, but there is still plenty to be done.”

EEF believes increased private provision may prove a rising trend as the UK comes out of recession, and if health service reforms create public uncertainly about the speed of access to NHS services.


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