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Sick Leave

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of employees returned to work following an absence caused by illness or injury lasting up to (a) two weeks, (b) one month, (c) three months and (d) six months in the last period for which figures are available. (132822)

The available information is contained in the following table. It was obtained from the computer systems that managers use to record absences. The figures are for the period 1 January 2006- 31 December 2006.

The table shows two sets of figures broken down into length of absence where the employee returned to work during the period. The first shows all recorded sickness absences, while the second shows absences recorded as injury and poisoning. It is not possible to show the number and percentage of employees returning from sickness absences of different durations because some employees have had more than one absence during the period; therefore, the figures show the number of absences in each category.

Absences relating to injury are recorded against a category of ‘Injury and Poisoning’. This includes, for example, the toxic effects of alcohol or drugs, any surgical procedures, and road traffic accidents. It is not possible separately to identify cases relating to injuries.

All sickness absencesAbsences due to injury and poisoning

Absence duration

Number of absences

Percentage of total absences

Number of absences

Percentage of total absences

Up to two weeks

183,779

90.61

3,185

78.53

Up to one month

7,966

3.93

308

7.59

Up to three months

8,274

4.08

445

10.97

Up to six months

2,229

1.10

84

2.07

Over six months

583

0.29

34

0.84

Total absences

202,831

100.00

4,056

100.00