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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2008 to question 245661, how many days staff took as sick leave from (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in the 12 months from 1 December 2007 to 30 November 2008; what the average number of working days lost per staff year in his Department and in each agency was during that 12 month period; and if he will make a statement. (249183)

The information was contained in my earlier answer on 13 January 2009, Official Report, column 575W, in the table headed 2008-09.

In the notes to the previous answer, it was stated that the information contained in the table 2008-09 covered the period from December 2007 to November 2008.

The following table provides the required information.

Data for 12 month period from 1 December 2007 to 30 November 2008

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

Notes:

1. The table reflects data currently held on the Department's personnel computer system.

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

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