Absenteeism poor in public sector

The number of days lost each year to absence in the public sector stands at 9.2 per cent, compared with an average figure of 8.5 per cent for the private sector.

In this sector, staff working in transport and communication take the most days off (8.2 per cent), while construction workers take the least (5 per cent).

The CBI report, Focus on Absence: 1999 Absence and Labour Turnover, shows a large number of days are also lost in manufacturing (8 per cent), retail (7.5 per cent) and distribution, hotels and restaurants (7.1 per cent).

• 020-7739 7400, www.cbi.org.uk

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