According to the new XpertHR survey, seen by Personnel Today, there has been gradual reduction in absence levels since 2006, with an average of four per cent of working time being lost five years ago, to just 2.8 per cent last year.
The report also esteemed that the average cost of absence in the UK last year was £553 per employee, with private sector employees far less likely to take time off than those in the public sphere.
Rachel Suff, author of the report, commented: "These figures show a small but significant drop in absence rates across the economy. This should be heartening news to the government-appointed body that has just been set up to undertake a major review of the sickness absence system in Britain."
Recently, a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers estimated that absenteeism is costing UK businesses an average of £32 billion a year, with staff taking almost double the number of sick days compared with workers in the US.
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Source: The Sales Director News