UK sickness rates at record low
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its latest sickness absence in the labour market data, which looks in detail at the reasons workers have been absent in 2016. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a steady rise in wellbeing programmes in the workplace and significant increase in how much depth HR professionals are looking into how mental health affects our employees at work.
Minor illnesses such as coughs and colds were the most common cause of absence in 2016, making up to a quarter (24.8 per cent) of the total days lost. This was followed by musculoskeletal problems (including back pain, neck and upper limb problems), making up 22.4 per cent. After ‘other’ conditions, mental health issues (including stress, depression, anxiety and serious conditions) were the next most common reason for sickness absence, resulting in 15.8 million days lost (11.5 per cent).
The groups who experienced the highest rates of sickness absence were women, older workers, those with long-term health conditions and those working in the largest organisations (those with 500 or more employees). Employees that work in the public sector and those aged 50 to 64 saw the greatest reduction in sickness absences.
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