137.3 million working days lost in 2016

April 10, 2017   //   No Comments

Employee Benefits website reports that an estimated 137.3 million working days in the UK were lost due to sickness or injury in 2016. The figures were calculated by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in their report, Sickness absence in the labour market: 2016.  The report found that minor illnesses, such as colds and coughs, were the most common reason for sickness absence in 2016, accounting for approximately 34 million days lost.

Musculoskeletal conditions, including back pain, neck and upper limb problems, accounted for 30.8 million days lost to sickness absence last year, and mental health issues, such as stress, depression, anxiety and schizophrenia accounted for 15.8 million working days lost in 2016.

The report, which relates to working adults in the UK who are aged 16 and over, found that sickness absence accounted for 4.3 days lost per employee in 2016. This is the lowest level since records began in 1993, when 7.2 days were lost to sickness absence per employee.