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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many days sick leave were taken on average by staff in his Department since its establishment. (198963)

The Department was established on 28 June 2008 as part of the Machinery of Government changes. In the period since its formation, employees of the Department have taken, on average, 9.9 days sickness absence.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many of his 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 since establishment, broken down by pay grade. (198972)

The Department was set up as part of the machinery of Government changes on 28 June 2008. Electronic records for the Department are presently maintained on two data bases in the legacy Departments from which staff were transferred when DIUS was formed. It would involve disproportionate cost to obtain the level of detail required to answer this question. However, the percentage of working days lost by the Department’s staff attributed to mental health related conditions during the nine months from July 2007 to March 2009 amounted to 12 per cent. of all sickness absence.

The Department is committed to providing a safe working environment and has put in place a range of measures to support all employees on health and wellbeing issues, including the provision of professional counselling and occupational health services.