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Staff Absenteeism

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many working days were lost to her Department and its executive agencies in each year since 1997 due to staff absenteeism, expressed as the average annual number of absent days per employee; and what the estimated total cost to the Department and its agencies of absenteeism was in each year. (76892)

[holding answer 19 June 2006]: The information requested is shown in the following table.

Staff years

Average working days lost per employee

Estimated average daily cost of absence (£)

Total cost (£)

2004

6,881

3.8

84

2,195,369

2003

7,196

5.4

79

3,069,813

2002

7,448

4.7

75

2,625,420

2001

5,607

6.8

73

2,783,314

2000

5,279

5.8

70

2,143,274

1999

4,880

6.8

69

2,289,696

1998

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1997

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a = Not available.

Information on sickness absence in the civil service is published annually, and the reports for the years 1999 to 2004 can be found on the civil service website at:

www.civilservice.gov.uk/management/occupationalhealth/publications/index.asp

The average daily cost of absence is based on average basic salaries presented in each year’s report.