Sickness absence

Managing sickness absence is a key issue for employers. Employee absence is a significant cost to the majority of businesses in the UK.

In addition to the direct costs of employee absence (paying sick pay and paying someone else to perform the absent employee’s work), high levels of absence can demotivate those employees who have to take on the absent employee’s work, cause all-round disruption to productivity and adversely affect an employer’s continuity of service to its clients.


‘Significant’ sickness absence more likely at larger employers than smaller firms

Organisations with 250 or more staff are more likely to have a ‘significant’ absence issue than smaller businesses, with sickness...

Flu vaccination saves UK economy up to £28.9m in sick day costs

26 Jul 2018

Widespread use of the flu vaccination could save up to £28.9m in averted sick day costs, in addition to increased...

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One in five diabetics disciplined for taking time off

16 Jul 2018

More needs to be done to educate employers about their responsibilities to diabetic workers, it has been claimed, as it...

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Toolkit seeks to help employers support domestic abuse victims

12 Jul 2018

Business in the Community (BITC) and Public Health England have released a toolkit which they hope will equip employers with...

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Employees taking less time off sick, yet costing employers more

4 Jul 2018

Employees took less time off sick last year, yet the bill faced by employers for this absence still went up,...

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Migraine sufferers need more than a month off work a year to cope

3 Jul 2018

The average migraine sufferer needs to take 33 days off work a year to cope with their condition, with those...

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Third of people with long-term health conditions hide reason for sick leave

3 Jul 2018

More than a third of people (34%) with a recurring health condition have lied about the reason why they have...

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Average employee worked four days while unwell last year

29 May 2018

The average employee worked for more than four days when they were genuinely ill last year, while more than half...

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Toolkit helps employers tackle alcohol, tobacco and drug misuse

25 May 2018

Business in the Community (BITC) and Public Health England have published a toolkit to help employers support their staff in...

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Only minority of employers tackling presenteeism, warns CIPD, despite tripling of cases

2 May 2018

“Presenteeism” has more than tripled since 2010, hitting what is believed to be a record high, yet only a minority...

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A quarter of older workers consider leaving because of their health

26 Apr 2018

A quarter of people aged 55 or over with a health condition are considering leaving work, suggesting that employers are...

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One in 10 staff avoid workplace toilets due to cleanliness concerns

22 Feb 2018

One in 10 employees would avoid using the toilet in their workplace because of concerns about hygiene, according to the...

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Three common misconceptions about sick pay

21 Feb 2018

With recent figures showing that many employees have little idea of their sick pay entitlements, Leon Deakin from Coffin Mew...

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Top 10 HR questions January 2018: TUPE consultations

2 Feb 2018

Employees transferring to a new employer in a TUPE situation have the right to be consulted, but the rules on...

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Few employees aware of statutory sick pay entitlement

30 Jan 2018

Only 4% of employees know how much statutory sick pay they are entitled to, according to a health insurer, leaving...

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