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Departmental Sick Pay

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of sickness pay to staff within his Department was in the most recent year for which figures are available. (187521)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) pays staff who are absent due to sickness their normal salary initially. Once staff have been absent for six months, within a rolling period of 12 months, they are paid half their normal salary. Staff on sick leave may continue to receive salary at half rate for up to six months in a four-year period before they cease to receive any salary.

In 2007 the FCO paid an estimated total of £2,152,183 in salary to UK-appointed staff during periods when they were absent from work due to sickness. This figure does not include statutory sick pay.