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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many staff in the Cabinet Office 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; (256318)

(2) how many staff in the Cabinet Office were recorded as having been on sick leave for over 12 months on 31 December in each of the last five years.

The Cabinet Office continues to promote health and wellbeing as part of a civil service policy to reduce absence, increase employee engagement, productivity and so improve service delivery.

The number of staff off on sick leave for (a) over 30 days, (b) over 50 days and (c) over 100 days is set out in the following table based on working days:

30 to 49 Days

50 to 99 days

Over 100 days

2004

26

26

12

2005

30

23

17

2006

17

16

7

2007

29

19

9

2008

19

16

8

There were fewer than five members of staff off for over 12 months in each of the last five years. The exact number of staff is not reported as to do so may identify individual members of staff.

According to Cabinet Office records the absence rate is 5.1 days per staff year and is one of the lowest absence rates in the civil service.

The Cabinet Office continue to promote health and wellbeing as part of a civil service policy to reduce absence, increase employee engagement, productivity and so improve service delivery.

The number of staff with no sick absence during the 12 month period ending 30 September 2008 has increased by 1 per cent.