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COUNCIL WORKERS' SICK DAYS 'ARE DOUBLE FINANCE WORKERS''

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Local government workers take more days off sick than anyone else, taking on average eleven days off per year, acco...
Local government workers take more days off sick than anyone else, taking on average eleven days off per year, according to a new Bupa Health Insurance website. Those in financial services take off 5.6, while those in the hotel, restaurants and leisure trade are the least absent taking just 5.1 days.

The site helps employers to calculate the cost of employees taking sick days. It claims that every year sickness absence saddles a company of 100 employees working in the financial services industry with a bill of£44,600.

In just a few seconds companies can now get a reading based on the industry, postcode, number of employees and average employee salary.

The site uses data from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. The research reveals that in the financial services industry the average number of days lost through absence per employee per annum is 5.6, whereas the average percentage of working time lost is 2.4 percent, and the average cost of sickness absence per employee per year is£446.

Ann Greenwood, director of business markets for BUPA, said: 'This simple device provides, at the touch of a button, an instant quote tailored to any organisation whatever shape or size.'

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