Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that 131 million working days were lost to sickness in 2011, which is down on the 137 million recorded in 2010.
It is also a substantial reduction of the 178 million that were taken in 1993, despite four million more people being in work now than 19 years ago.
According to the organisation, the average UK worker now takes four-and-a-half days off sick a year, compared with the seven days per employee recorded in 1993.
Overall, the percentage of working hours lost due to sickness was 1.8 per cent in 2011, which is down from 1.9 per cent in 2010 and a significant reduction on the 2.8 per cent seen in 1993.
Commenting on the figures, Ben Willmott, head of public policy at the CIPD, said there was a direct link between sickness leave and the recession, and warned people that working through illness may actually make them more sick.
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