Absence rates rising


According to data from XpertHR, employee absence has gone up to a median of 6.6 days per employee. That figure rises to 9.1 days in the public sector.

For many employers, this represents losing a median 2.9% of working time because of absence, with the problem even more pronounced in larger organisations.

Those companies with fewer than 100 employees lost on average 1.8%, while those with more than 1,000 staff lost 3.8% of productive time.

The figures, from 2016, highlight a slight rise on 2015 figures which indicated 2.6% loss of working time of 5.8 days per employee.

The 2016 figures still however compare favourably to data from 2006 when figures indicated absence cost 3.5% of working time or 8 days per employee.  

According to XpertHR, employers estimate the cost of absent employees to be £455 per employee, per year. This figure is largely based on the cost of sick pay and does not include other factors such as the cost of cover, reduced performance or service, or missed business opportunities.

Sheila Attwood, XpertHR managing editor for pay and HR practice said: “High levels of employee sickness absence represent a significant financial cost to the business, and can have an impact on its operations and the wellbeing of those having to cover for absent colleagues. Employers should use the data they collect on absence rates to be proactive in effectively managing absence in their organisation.”


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

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Absence rates rising