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Staff Absenteeism

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many working days were lost to his 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. (78080)

Staff absenteeism recorded as sickness absence, in each year since 1997 is given in the table as the average annual number of days absent per employee. The departments/agencies cannot disaggregate other elements of absenteeism.

Figures regarding sickness absence are contained in the annual report, “Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service”, published by the Cabinet Office. Reports for each year since 1999 are available in the Library and on the civil service website at:

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management/occupational_health/publications/index.asp.

Information on the cost of sickness absence could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Average annual number of sick absence days per employee

Department/Agency

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Inland Revenue

11.9

11.0

11.5

10.9

9.5

10.5

10.8

12.2

HM Customs and Excise

8.9

9.4

9.6

9.0

8.7

9

9.2

7.4

Office of Government Commerce (OGC)

10.0

8.4

6.3

3.3

3.2

OGC Buying Solutions

7.7

5.9

6.4

6.4

National Savings and Investment

4.7

8.8

2.2

2.2

2.3

2.5

Valuation Office Agency

10.1

9.2

7.0

8.1

7.9

8.6

Royal Mint

5.8

6.2

6.5

5.3

5.8

8.0

6.0

5.4

Government Actuary’s Department

9.3

6.7

6.6

6.9

3.1

5.3

4.5

Debt Management Office

3.0

3.7

3.2

Office for National Statistics

9.1

9.6

8.8

8.0

7.9

6.6

6.7

6.8

HM Treasury

4.9

3.9

5.5

3.9

4.7

4.4

5.2

4.1

Notes:

1. OGC was created in 2000 and OGC Buying Solutions, an Executive Agency of OGC, was created in 2001.

2. Royal Mint figures refer to non-industrials only.

3. HM Treasury included the DMO in its sickness absence reporting before 2002.

The information on average working days sickness absence is derived from the annual report “Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service” published on behalf of the Cabinet Office.