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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many staff in (a) his Department and its predecessor and (b) its agencies took long-term sick leave in each year since 1997; (272023)

(2) how many days sick leave (a) in total and (b) on average employees of (i) his Department and its predecessor and (ii) its agencies took in each year since 1997.

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) was created on 9 May 2007. The MOJ—and its predecessors, the Lord Chancellor’s Department and the Department for Constitutional Affairs—does centrally monitor long term sickness absence but does so by the number of days’ absence taken, not by the number of individual staff on long-term sick leave. To obtain this information would incur disproportionate cost.

Information relating to the total and average sick leave for the MOJ and its predecessors, the Department for Constitutional Affairs and Her Majesty’s Prison Service, is shown in the tables. Approximately 1,530 staff transferred from the Home Office to the MOJ on 1 November 2008. However, it would be possible to obtain sick absence figures from the Home Office for these staff only at disproportionate cost. Absence figures for the 51,239 Prison Service staff migrated into MOJ are shown as follows.

Figures for the Lord Chancellor’s Department (prior to 2003-04) and Her Majesty’s Prison Service (prior to 1999-2000) are not readily available and to obtain this information would incur disproportionate cost.

Department for Constitutional Affairs sickness absence rates

Working days lost

Average staff in post

Working days lost per person

2003-04

128,170

12,154

10.5

2004-05

124,390

12,643

9.8

2005-06

174,096

16,702

10.4

2006-07

276,166

25,395

10.9

Prison Service sickness absence rates

Working days lost

Average staff in post

Working days lost per person

1999-2000

542,922

43,111

12.6

2000-01

592,173

43,878

13.5

2001-02

614,150

44,155

13.9

2002-03

668,337

45,419

14.7

2003-04

328,623

47,224

13.3

2004-05

616,367

48,607

12.7

2005-06

578,211

48,419

12.2

2006-07

573,071

49,216

11.6

Ministry of Justice sick absence rates

The figure includes MOJ Headquarters, Her Majesty’s Court Service, the Office of the Public Guardian, the Tribunals Service and Scotland and Wales Offices.

Working days lost

Average staff in post

Working days lost per person

2007-081

211,807

25,722

8.2

2008-092

184,027

24,099

7.6

1 Includes all MOJ employees on Home Office systems (MOJ and NOMS HQ)

2 Statistics still to be validated and includes staff that migrated across from HO systems

Source:

MOJ Cabinet Office return minus Land Registry and NOMS Agency

NOMS agency sick absence rates

Working days lost

Average staff in post

Working days lost per person

2007-081

68,590

58,540

11.6

2008-092

542,821

50,135

10.8

1 Excludes staff on Home Office systems

2 Statistic still to be validated and includes staff that migrated across from HO systems

Source:

NOMS Agency Cabinet Office return