Sickness absence at its lowest since records began


The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced that the number of workers calling in sick (due to illness or physical injury) is at its lowest on record. According to the data, 4.3 days per worker were lost to workers calling in sick in 2016. This number is substantially lower than the 7.2 days lost per worker when records began in 1993. The highest rates of sick leave were in Wales (2.6%) and Scotland (2.6%), while London had the lowest rate of sick leave in the UK (1.4%).


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