Magazine article Public Finance

Growing Whitehall Absenteeism Bucks Public Sector Trend

Magazine article Public Finance

Growing Whitehall Absenteeism Bucks Public Sector Trend

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Absence rates among Whitehall staff are creeping up in contrast to general public sector trends, according to a survey published this week.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's annual Absence Management survey, published on July 17, found absenteeism among central government workers had increased by 0.5% to 4.6%, or 10.5 days per employee per year.

This contrasts with the rest of the public sector, where absence fell from 10.3 days per employee per year to 9.9 days, with the health sector reporting the biggest drop, down from 11.6 days to 10.4 days.

Local government was the only other sector where absenteeism increased.

CIPD experts are concerned that the gulf between public and private sector absence rates remains too wide. In the private sector, the average Is just 7.5 days per year.

Ben Willmott, the CIPD's employment relations adviser and author of the report, said the two sectors approached the problem very differently. …

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