Employers change working patterns as absence levels rise, CIPD study finds
The increase was revealed in a survey published on Monday by Simplyhealth and the CIPD.
The annual CIPD/Simplyhealth Absence Management survey found on average an employee took 7.6 days absence leave in 2013, compared to 6.8 in 2012. However the number of employers making changes to working patterns to try and reduce long-term absence has increased by 20%.
Absence levels in the public sector are considerably higher than the private sector, the report found. In 2013, 8.7 days per employee were lost in the public sector compared to 7.2 in the private sector.
The study found the cost of absence per employee is £595 a year, although just two-fifths of employers monitor the cost of absence.