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Business Links: Sick Leave

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff of Business Link have taken time off work as a result of a diagnosis of stress in each of the last five years. (291969)

‘Staff of Business Link’ encompasses people who are directly employed in the provision of the Business Link service, by RDAs and their Business Link providers. ‘Time off work’ has been defined as statutory-recorded sick leave. ‘Diagnosis of stress’ has been defined as individuals self-certifying as having a stress related illness and individuals whose doctors have signed them off from work with a diagnosis of stress.

Comprehensive national data can only be provided for the year 2008-09 when all RDAs had completed the re-contracting exercise to the current network of Business Link providers. To gather data before 2008/09 would incur disproportionate costs. The number of Business Link staff who have taken time off work as a result if a diagnosis of stress in 2008/09 was 33.