In a recent blog, we discussed the results of the latest CBI/Pfizer Absence and Workplace Health Survey, which revealed that the average UK employee took 6.5 days off sick last year, while non-genuine sickness absence cost the UK economy over £2.7 billion.
However, the CBI/Pfizer survey is just one of a series of new sickness absence surveys that have been released
According to a survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, UK workers take an average of 10 days of unscheduled absence a year, costing UK business approximately £32 billion. Conversely, the EEF/Westfield Health 2011 Sickness Absence Survey found that the average British employee took five days off sick in 2010.
Meanwhile, a poll of 500 employers conducted by Group Risk Development found that public sector employees take more sick days than their private sector counterparts. One-third of public sector employers surveyed said that the average employee in their organisation takes more than five days off sick per year. By comparison, only 15.9% of private sector employers said their average employee takes more than five annual sick days.
Although the findings vary from survey to survey, the surveys are united in revealing that sickness absence remains a costly issue in many organisations, which is why an absence management solution such as LeaveMaster is essential.
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