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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many sick days were taken by employees in (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility due to (i) stress and (ii) mental health and behavioural disorders in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of sick days taken this represented in each case; and if she will make a statement. (216169)

The Department for Transport, established in 2002, recorded the following annual returns in respect of sickness absence due to (i) stress and (ii) mental health and behavioural disorders:

Total days

Stress

Mental health and behavioural

Stress (Percentage)

Mental health and behavioural (Percentage)

2003

164,127.00

13,977.50

23,385.50

8.52

14.25

2004

176,444.00

19,721.00

24,305.00

11.18

13.77

2005

185,137.00

21,916.00

26,679.70

11.84

14.41

2006

190,574.00

19,944.70

28,941.70

10.47

15.19

2007

203,360.00

21,760.30

29,194.80

10.70

14.36

The Government Car and Despatch Agency and The Vehicle Certification Agency could provide the information only at disproportionate cost.

The information requested from the Department for Transport's non-governmental bodies can be provided only at disproportionate cost also.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff in (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility have taken sick days due to (i) stress and (ii) mental health and behavioural disorders in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of staff of each body this represented in each year; and if she will make a statement. (216170)

The Department for Transport, established in 2002, recorded the following annual returns in respect of sickness absence due to (i) stress and (ii) mental health and behavioural disorders:

Number of staff absence for stress

Number of staff absence for mental health/behavioural

Total employees

Stress (Percentage)

Mental health/behavioural (Percentage)

2003

408

511

17,513

2.33

2.92

2004

514

577

19,791

2.60

2.92

2005

637

600

19,418

3.28

3.09

2006

636

715

19,824

3.21

3.61

2007

688

730

20,046

3.43

3.64

The Government Car and Despatch Agency and The Vehicle Certification Agency could provide the information only at disproportionate cost.

The information requested from the Department for Transport's non-governmental bodies can be provided only at disproportionate cost also.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average duration of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility who gave (i) stress and (ii) mental health and behavioural disorders as the reason for their absence was in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement. (216171)

The Department for Transport, established in 2002, recorded the following average periods of sickness for stress and mental health and behavioural disorders related absence.

Stress

Average duration (days)

DfTc

DSA

DVLA

HA

MCA

VOSA

2003

27.3

19.0

24.8

81.0

18.8

33.3

2004

38.8

27.0

27.8

88.9

27.8

26.9

2005

16.3

28.2

27.4

49.2 .

52.6

30.9

2006

20.1

24.2

22.7

55.2

44.2

34.0

2007

34.3

19.6

21.1

43.6

25.6

38.8

Mental health and behavioural disorders

Average duration (days)

DfTc

DSA

DVLA

HA

MCA

VOSA

2003

38.9

18.0

44.2

58.1

14.4

29.2

2004

48.9

22.6

31.7

80.0

16.5

24.8

2005

56.5

20.5

35.2

44.7

30.5

33.4

2006

27.0

27.6

33.5

40.5

47.6

35.8

2007

22.1

32.1

25.5

38.3

26.9

35.1

The Government Car and Despatch Agency and The Vehicle Certification Agency could provide the information only at disproportionate cost.

The information requested from the Department for Transport’s non-governmental bodies can be provided only at disproportionate cost also.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average duration of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility was in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. (216172)

The central Department and its agencies recorded the following average durations of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in each of the last five years:

Average duration (days)

DfTc

DSA

DVLA

HA

MCA

VOSA

2003

n/a

5.1

6.8

6.0

4.2

5.9

2004

8.5

6.2

7.0

7.0

4.7

5.7

2005

5.4

6.3

7.2

6.0

5.1

6.5

2006

4.6

7.3

7.5

7.0

6.1

7.6

2007

3.8

7.7

7.5

6.0

6.0

8.0

The Government Car and Despatch Agency and The Vehicle Certification Agency could provide the information only at disproportionate cost.

The information requested from the Department for Transport’s non-governmental bodies can be provided only at disproportionate cost also.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of staff in her Department have had more than two periods of sickness absence of less than five days in each of the last three years. (218694)

The Central Department and its agencies recorded the following employees who have had more than two periods of sickness of less than five days in each of the last three years:

Number of staff with two or more periods of sickness of less than five days

Number of staff

Percentage of staff

2005

3,431

19,618

17.49

2006

3,206

20,080

15.97

2007

3,309

20,293

16.31

These figures exclude those of the Government Car and Despatch Agency who could provide this information only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff in her Department have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days in two or more of the last five years. (218974)

The Central Department and its agencies recorded 682 employees who have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days in two or more of the last five years.

This figure excludes the Government Car and Despatch Agency who could provide the information only at disproportionate cost.