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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff in his Department or its predecessors 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. (256335)

The numbers of Department for Transport staff on sick leave within the above parameters are:

Number

Working days

2005

2006

2007

2008

(a) over 30 days

527

574

592

614

(b) over 50 days

480

585

613

528

(c) over 100 days

313

328

390

274

Note:

Figures for 2004 were incomplete and have not been included.

The Department is committed to managing sick absence effectively and continues to look at initiatives to help reduce absence levels. The process includes clear guidance for managers to follow, early intervention by Occupational Health and conducting return to work interviews with staff. The Department is part of a Government-wide network that meets to discuss issues around attendance management and share best practice.