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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many working days were lost by her Department due to stress-related illness in each of the last 24 months. (198944)

The numbers of days recorded as lost to stress-related illness in each month are presented in the following table. The information is available in the required format for the last 18 months only. The figures exclude our Executive Agencies and Communities staff working in the Government Office network for which information is not collected centrally. The figures refer to sickness absence where the primary cause is recorded as ‘stress, tension’.

Month

Days lost

2006

October

118

November

106

December

67

2007

January

71

February

75

March

45

April

17

May

49

June

69

July

138

August

85

September

106

October

88

November

90

December

47

2008

January

126

February

90

March

79

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many days sick leave were taken on average by staff in her Department in each of the last five years. (198955)

The following table shows the average working days lost (AWDL) per staff year for the Department and its predecessor the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. The figures have been previously published by Cabinet Office in their series of reports Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service. During this period reporting shifted from a calendar year to a financial year basis, and most recently to a rolling 12 month basis whereby figures for the past 12 months are produced on a quarterly basis. The table makes clear the distinction.

Basis

Department

AWDL per staff year

2007

Calendar year

Communities and Local Government

6.4

2006-07

Financial year

Communities and Local Government

6.2

2005-06

Financial year

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

6.1

2005

Calendar year

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

5.7

2004

Calendar year

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

4.6

2003

Calendar year

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

6.0

Calendar years run from January to December. Financial years run from April to March.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of her Department's staff took more than (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15, (d) 20, (e) 25, (f) 30, (g) 35 and (h) 40 days leave due to stress in each of the last five years, broken down by pay grade. (198964)

The following table provides the requested information in respect of the 12 months to 31 December 2007. Our records prior to this do not allow for disaggregation into the requested format. The figures exclude our executive agencies and Communities staff working in the Government office network for which information is not collected centrally. The figures refer to sickness absence where the primary cause is recorded as “stress, tension”.

Band

AA

AO

EO

HEO

SEO

Grade 7

Total

(a) more than 5

1

2

3

2

1

9

(b) more than 10

2

2

4

(c) more than 15

3

1

4

(d) more than 20

2

2

(e) more than 25

1

1

2

(f) more than 30

0

(g) more than 35

1

1

2

(h) more than 40

1

0

1

1

6

Total

1

8

5

8

6

1

29