Employee ‘sickies’ costing businesses £1.75bn a year

first_imgEmployee ‘sickies’ costing businesses £1.75bn a yearOn 1 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Numberof working days lost to sickness absence in 2002 was 166 millionStafftaking ‘sickies’ cost businesses £1.75bn last year, with many firms believingup to 15 per cent of absences are not genuine, a study by the CBI has suggested.Theannual absence study by the employers’ organisation and healthcare insurer, AXAPPP, found that firms paid out £11.6bn last year to cover salaries, overtimeand temps, despite the number of days lost falling to a 15-year low.Thisaverages out at £476 per employee, just fractionally lower than the previousyear, when companies paid out £11.8bn.Thenumber of working days lost fell from 176 million in 2001 to 166 million in2002, or 6.8 days per employee, the lowest figure since the survey began in1987.Absencefell most significantly in firms where senior managers were responsible forabsence management.Publicsector absence averaged 8.9 days a year and cost £637 per employee,significantly higher than the private sector, with 6.5 days and a cost of £466per employee.Manufacturingfirms reported higher absence levels than their service sector counterparts,with 7.4 days and 6.5 days respectively.Largercompanies reported higher absence levels than smaller firms, with businessesemploying more than 5,000 people averaging 9.3 days per employee compared to4.9 days for those with fewer than 50 staff.Absencewas lowest in greater London – 5.4 days – and highest in Yorkshire, Humbersideand the West Midlands, on 7.8 days each. JohnCridland, CBI deputy director-general, said: “Firms can help reduce dayslost by making senior managers responsible for absence management, but businessalso needs efficient health services so staff can recover quickly.” Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more