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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff in his Department were on sick leave for (a) over 30 days, (b) over 50 days and (c) over 100 days in each of the last five years. (256322)

Numbers of MOD civilian sick absence episodes of over 30 calendar days, over 50 calendar days and over 100 calendar days in the calendar years ending 31 December 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, are shown in the following table:

Number of civilian sick absence episodes

30-49 calendar days

50-99 calendar days

100 or more calendar days

2005

2,700

2,750

1,920

2006

2,410

2,160

1,680

2007

2,200

2,180

1,600

2008

2,020

1,940

1,470

Notes:

1. These figures exclude staff in Trading Funds (as the data are of insufficient quality), and exclude the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, and locally engaged civilians for whom sickness absence data are not centrally recorded. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Any portion of a sick absence episode that falls outside the relevant calendar year is not included in that year.

Information prior to the 12 months ending 31 December 2005 was compiled on a previous methodology and definition for monitoring sickness absence, which is not consistent with figures for later years.