The Ministry of Justice sick absence reporting process does not have a category dedicated to recording swine influenza as a reason for absence. The Ministry reports absence against the Cabinet Office sick absence reasons. Any absence due to swine flu is recorded in the category of ‘Respiratory System (including colds)’.
In the 12 months from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009, which are the latest published sick absence statistics, ‘respiratory illness’ was a reason for absence in respect of 79,309 days of sick absence. 68 per cent. of those days were classed as long-term sickness. In the same period of time 87,042 individual members of staff were employed by the Ministry (which includes those who left employment in this period).