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.
By Dialogo August 04, 2010 South American presidents agreed Tuesday on mechanisms to promote trade and finance millions of dollars in infrastructure investments, seeking a more significant role for the region on the global stage. At a summit in the Andean province of San Juan, in Argentina, the presidents of the Mercosur countries approved a Common Customs Code and the elimination of double collection of the Common External Tariff (AEC) starting on 1 January 2012, in addition to a free-trade treaty with Egypt. “All this is going to allow this region, South America, to play more than a significant part in the concert of international politics in the twenty-first century, where new actors, new protagonists can already be glimpsed,” said the president of Argentina, Cristina Fernández. The meeting was attended by the heads of state of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay, full members of the Mercosur customs union, and those of its associate members, Chile and Bolivia. Argentina holds Mercosur’s half-yearly presidency and will turn over coordination of the block to Brazil, in the last six months of Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s administration. At the meeting, nine infrastructure projects were approved, for a cost of 795 million dollars, 650 million of which will be financed by Mercosur’s so-called convergence funds. The resources will be destined entirely for firms and suppliers from the block. The projects include paving roads and building an electrical transmission line in Paraguay, connecting the electrical grids of Brazil and Uruguay, and building a sewer system in a city on the Brazilian-Paraguayan border. Lula said that during the six months in which he will act as Mercosur president, he will make an effort to conclude long-pending negotiations with the European Union for a trade treaty between the two blocks.