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Northern Ireland Office: Staff Sickness

Volume 699: debated on Tuesday 19 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the average number of days off through illness for employees in the Northern Ireland Office over the past five years; and how this compares with the United Kingdom average. [HL1768]

The following table shows the average number of days lost through illness for employees within the Northern Ireland Office in each of the past five years. The figures given for the United Kingdom Civil Service have been supplied by the Cabinet Office and include Scotland, Wales and home civil servants working in Northern Ireland (including those who do not work for the NIO). For comparison, the table shows the average number of days lost in the Northern Ireland Civil Service departments and the average number of days lost across the UK workforce.

The Northern Ireland Office takes the management of sickness absence very seriously and has robust policies and procedures in place to deal with inefficiency which results from poor attendance. The health and safety of everyone in the department is of paramount importance; we have a duty of care to help prevent staff becoming ill and to support them when they are. The Northern Ireland Office already has a series of effective policies and procedures in place which help achieve these aims.

Year

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Days Lost Per Staff Year in NIO

13.4

14.0

12.6

11.2

11.8

Days Lost Per Staff Year in UK Civil Service

9.8

10.0

9.1

9.8

*9.3

Days Lost Per Staff Year in NICS

15.4

15.5

14.2

13.4

13.7

**Days Lost Per Staff Year by UK Workforce

8.0

8.4

* This figure excludes the Inland Revenue statistics.

** Figures taken from Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development website