Comments are closed. Women and youngsters top sickness leagueOn 1 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Sickness absence is concentrated in women workers, those working full-time,those aged under 30 and public sector workers, the Office for NationalStatistics has revealed. Its study, Trends and sources of data on sickness absence, has found thatlevels of longstanding sickness and sickness absence in the general populationhave by and large remained constant for the past 20 years. Almost 2.2 million days were lost to sickness during the autumn of 2001,when the survey was put together, accounting for 2 per cent of the totalscheduled working days at the time. This compared with 1.9 million daysreported the previous summer. The proportion of workers absent for at least one day in the week under thespotlight was 3.4 per cent. In the period under investigation, 3.8 per cent of female employees wereabsent from work in the previous week, compared with 3 per cent for men. The rates were highest among the 25-29 age group for men and the 20-34 and30-34 age group for women. Absence rates for men and women with a limiting longstanding illness were 7per cent and 8 per cent respectively, compared with 3 per cent and 5 per centfor those who did not have an illness. “A number of risk factors have been identified as being related tosickness absence, including overall health, job satisfaction and adverse socialcircumstance,” the report concluded. But, as yet, there were no accurate measures of these factors. “Theidentification of ways to measure these factors, and others which have yet tobe identified, will no doubt improve understanding of sickness absence,”the report added. www.statistics.gov.uk Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.