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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many days staff took as sick leave in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last three years for which figures are available; what the average number of days of sick leave per member of staff was in each year; and if he will make a statement. (245661)

Information held for the current and previous two years is contained in the following tables.

2008-09

Business

Working days lost

Average working days lost per staff year

Jobcentre Plus

643,445

9.7

Disability and Carers Service

52,429

9.6

The Pension Service

100,445

9.4

Other, including central directorates

73,781

6.8

DWP

870,100

9.3

2007-08

Business

Working days lost

Average working days lost per staff year

Jobcentre Plus

671,915

10.1

Disability and Carers Service

61,155

10.6

The Pension Service

112,953

9.7

Child Support Agency

126,607

12.4

Other, including central directorates

79,930

8.1

DWP

1,052,557

10.1

2006-07

Business

Working days lost

Average working days lost per staff year

Jobcentre Plus

803,900

11.1

Disability and Carers Service

68,841

12.1

The Pension Service

124,943

10.0

Child Support Agency

152,208

13.9

Other, including central directorates

106,265

9.8

DWP

1,256,157

11.1

Notes:

1. DWP is unable to report precise part year data for the current financial year because its computer system is configured to calculate sickness absence levels using a rolling 12 months’ data. The figures for 2008-09 are therefore based on data from December 2007 (rather than April 2008) to November 2008 inclusive. November 2008 is the latest month for which figures are available.

2. Up to 2006-07, average absence levels per staff year were reported annually by the Cabinet Office. The average figures for 2006-07 derive from the report “Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service 2006-07”. All other data in the tables, including those for working days lost, reflects information currently held on DWP's internal personnel computer system.

3. The averages shown are the average per full-time staff year, rather than per employee, to take account of part-time workers.

4. Any difference between the sum of the agency figures and the total for DWP is due to rounding.