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Working Days Lost (Sickness)

Volume 931: debated on Wednesday 4 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the average number of working days lost per employee as a result of sickness, in each year since 1970.

Information is not available in the precise form requested, but is related to days of certified incapacity for work recorded in connection with national insurance claims. The figures exclude very short spells for which no claim is made, and include Saturdays; and cover the long-term sick, who may not have worked for many years.


Estimated Average Number of Days of Certified Incapacity per Employed Person at Risk

2nd June 1969 to 30th May 19701817
1st June 1970 to 5th June 19711716
7th June 1971 to 3rd June 19721616
5th June 1972 to 2nd June 19731716
4th June 1973 to 1st June 19741816
3rd June 1974 to 31st May 1975(b)1716
(a) Invalidity benefit was introduced from 23rd September 1971.
(b) A 1974–75 population at risk figure is not available; 1973–74 figures have been applied.