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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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. (198978)

The Home Office staff sickness tables from 2003-04 to 2007-08 are shown in the following tables.

The information is drawn from Home Office HQ, United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) and Identity and Passport Service (IPS) personnel information management system, respectively. The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is unable to provide a response without incurring disproportionate cost.

Home Office and UKBA’s data before 2005 is unavailable due to data migration to a new system which is reflected in the lower 2003-04 and 2004-05 figures. Calculations are based on a 12-month rolling period for an accurate representation of working days lost to stress-related sickness within each year.

In 2006-07, the Home Office HQ included the following Departments: Communities Group, NOMS and OCJR, which have now all transferred following machinery of government changes. NOMS and OCJR left in May 2007 to join Ministry of Justice, and therefore have been included for year 2005-06 and 2006-07. Communities Group transferred to DCLG in May 2006 and is included in year 2005-06 sickness calculation.

Table 1: Home Office sickness for 2003-04

Days

Grade

≥5 and <=10

≥10 and <=15

≥15 and <=20

≥20 and <=25

≥25 and <=30

≥30 and <=35

≥35 and <=40

≥40

AA

2

2

1

0

1

0

0

5

AO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

EO

3

1

2

0

1

1

1

6

HEO

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

SEO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

G7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

G6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SCS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Other

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

6

3

3

0

2

2

2

14

Table 2: Home Office sickness for 2004-05

Days

Grade

≥5 and <=10

≥10 and <=15

≥15 and <=20

≥20 and <=25

≥25 and <=30

≥30 and <=35

≥35 and <=40

≥40

AA

2

0

1

2

2

0

0

4

AO

11

4

6

2

1

3

0

10

EO

4

3

2

0

0

0

1

3

HEO

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

SEO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

G7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

G6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SCS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Other

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

18

7

10

4

3

3

1

18

Table 3: Home Office sickness for 2005-06

Days

Grade

≥5 and <=10

≥10 and <=15

≥15 and <=20

≥20 and <=25

≥25 and <=30

≥30 and <=35

≥35 and <=40

≥40

AA

13

18

4

9

2

2

5

20

AO

41

39

27

15

7

8

6

60

EO

45

34

16

16

16

20

5

71

HEO

13

6

8

3

4

1

2

22

SEO

5

3

5

0

2

1

1

11

G7

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

4

G6

1

1

0

1

0

2

0

2

SCS

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

Other

3

1

1

2

0

2

2

4

Total

121

104

61

46

31

36

22

195

Table 4: Home Office sickness for 2006-07

Days

Grade

≥5 and <=10

≥10 and <=15

≥15 and <=20

≥20 and <=25

≥25 and <=30

≥30 and <=35

≥35 and <=40

≥40

AA

19

9

9

7

4

3

3

21

AO

55

38

27

14

7

7

4

75

EO

61

27

25

21

14

11

13

74

HEO

14

12

12

10

9

5

1

23

SEO

10

3

4

5

2

0

1

15

G7

1

0

1

2

1

1

1

4

G6

1

2

2

2

0

0

1

4

SCS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

Other

2

3

3

0

0

2

1

8

Total

163

94

83

61

37

29

25

226

Table 5: Home Office sickness for 2007-08

Days

Grade

≥5 and <=10

≥10 and <=15

≥15 and <=20

≥20 and <=25

≥25 and <=30

≥30 and <=35

≥35 and <=40

≥40

AA

15

11

7

10

2

1

2

19

AO

34

49

40

21

13

17

11

79

EO

57

45

26

18

22

14

8

115

HEO

16

14

12

16

7

7

6

38

SEO

4

2

8

5

5

0

2

18

G7

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

2

G6

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

5

SCS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Other

3

3

1

2

4

2

0

11

Total

133

125

94

72

54

42

29

287