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PUBLIC SECTOR HEADS STAFF SICKNESS LIST

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Sickness absence is highest in the public sector, according to a human resources survey. ...
Sickness absence is highest in the public sector, according to a human resources survey.

Eleven days were lost per public sector staff member in 2003, compared to the average of eight days.

Stress was a more frequent cause of absence in the public sector, and the leading cause in 20% of cases.

Absence cost the public sector an average of£751 per staff member in 2003, compared to an average of£727 across sectors. Nearly two-thirds of organisations in the public sector had a formal target for reducing absence, compared to four in 10 of all organisations.

The survey by Consult GEE and Incomes Data Services is intended to enable organisations to benchmark their performance and practice.
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