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Departmental Sick Pay

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the cost of sickness pay to staff within his Department was in the most recent year for which figures are available. (187506)

DIUS was created by Machinery of Government changes in July 2007 from elements of the previous Department of Trade and Industry and Department for Education and Skills.

Consequently, even if the Department routinely calculated the actual cost of sickness absence it would not have figures for a full year. The Department does not keep such a record presently because this would involve manually investigating employee sickness records and pay details on an individual basis. The cost of doing so would be disproportionate to the benefits arising. Instead, the Department has undertaken calculations on the basis of average working days lost and average salaries in the first six month of its existence. On this basis, the total cost of sickness is around £189,000 for six months.