People taking less days off

26 February 2014

Ferris People are taking less sick days off, according to official figures.

The number of working days lost to sickness fell to 131 million in 2013, and was down by over a quarter on the figures from 1993.

According to the jazzily titled 'Sickness Absence in the Labour Market, February 2014' report, the number of sick days may be falling, but more working days were becoming lost to stress and depression.

Perhaps those who are still in work are so worried that the minute their back is turned, they'll be shafted by some kind of zero hours affair, or the stress of being maybe the only breadwinner. They don't seem to have factored those considerations into their results.

The Office for National Statistics has said that the average worker took 4.4 days off in 2013 due to sickness, compared with 7.2 days in 1993. Over the same period the total number of days lost has fallen from 178m. So that's good, if you're hot for official figures.

Among the most common causes for lost days was down to neck and back pain (31m days off), stuff ranging from a light sniffle to both-ends-burning flu accounted for 27m days. Stress, anxiety and depression were the cause of 15m absence days, up from 11.8m in 2010.

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