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Half of Brits never call in sick for work

This follows a warning by MPs earlier this year that employees are under increasing pressure not to take sick leave when they’re ill.

Andy Sumner, managing director for Monster UK and Ireland, commented, “It’s vitally important that employers understand their employees’ wellbeing. Statistics suggest that the number of sick days taken by UK workers continues to fall, yet workloads and working hours are increasing.

“Job insecurity continues to be a major issue, and employers should do more to communicate with their staff that taking sick leave will not put their position in jeopardy. The fact is that when people are sick and still turn up for work, productivity and efficiency levels drop dramatically. So it’s of benefit to both the employee and employer for workers to be honest about their health.”

Monster poll results

In your current or most recent job, on average how many times a year have you called in sick to avoid being at work?

% of votes

# of votes

Once

27%

142

Two to three times

14%

73

Four to five times

5%

26

Six to ten times

3%

12

More than ten times

2%

12

Never

49%

252

Total:

100%

517

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