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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many working days were lost due to (a) illness and (b) stress of employees in his Department in each of the last three years. (309916)

Sick absence within the Home Office is reported using Cabinet Office standards and definitions, which were introduced with effect from 1 April 2007. Sick absence is defined as the absence of a civil servant due to their illness or injury. No distinction is made on recording systems between “illnesses” and “injuries”; the information provided therefore covers both illnesses and injuries. The data provided for 2006-07 include the Prison Service which was part of the Home Office before machinery of government changes in May 2007.

(a) Total working days lost due to illness/injury of paid civil servants:

Total working days lost

Number

2006-07

803,653.00

2007-08

264,501.10

2008-09

228,520.63

(b) Absence due to stress is reported within the category “Mental Disorders”, in line with Cabinet Office guidance to report absences using the World Health Organisation (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD) version 10. Unfortunately, it is not possible to provide consistent information below this group as it covers anxiety, depression, and stress, as well as other more severe mental health conditions.

Total working days lost of paid civil servants due to mental disorders

Number

2006-07

171,637.39

2007-08

65,410.80

2008-09

24,947.41