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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2010, Official Report, column 32W, on departmental sick leave, what the average number of annual working days lost per employee through sick leave was in each of the last 12 months; and what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of such leave. (313439)

The average working days lost per staff per staff year in the Home Office (including its executive agencies) is shown in Table 1. The total cost of this absence is estimated to be about £24 million (out of a total wage bill for the Home Office of £997 million).

Home Office RYAWDL1

Number

January 2009

9.63

February 2009

9.32

March 2009

9.34

April 2009

9.25

May 2009

9.17

June 2009

9.10

July 2009

9.16

August 2009

9.26

September 2009

9.25

October 2009

9.23

November 2009

9.10

December 2009

8.98

1 This figure includes Home Office HQ, United Kingdom Border Agency, identity and Passport Service and Criminal Records Bureau.