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http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/busi...icle6719788.ece

Private sector workers are taking fewer “sickies†in the recession amid rising fears that taking too much time off work might cost them their job, according to new research.

The trend to turn up for work even when unwell is also driven by increased policing of absenteeism in the private sector. It stands in sharp contrast to the record of civil servants, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

In its latest Absence Management Survey, published today, the institute says that private sector workers took an average of 6.4 days off because of illness last year, down from 7.2 days in 2007.

This compared with the “stubbornly high†figure of 9.7 days per public sector employee, barely down on last year’s 9.8 days, the CIPD said.

For the private sector, the lost days represent the lowest absentee level since the CIPD began producing the survey in 2000. The average number of sick days taken by private sector workers is a whole day below the national average of 7.4 days.

The CIPD reckoned that it cost private companies in the manufacturing and production sector £754 a day for each staff member who called in sick; the cost to businesses in the private services sector was £666. Absenteeism because of illness cost the private sector about £12.6 billion a year. Workplace absence cost the public sector £4.5 billion a year, calculating that British industry lost the equivalent of 185 million working days a year to employee sickness; when workers in the public sector called in sick, the cost was about £784 a day.

The CIPD used its annual survey, which collates responses from 600 companies, to praise “improvements†in the private sector in tackling staff absence during the recession, but said that the public sector could save £700 million a year and 20 million lost working days by following its lead.

Forty per cent of companies surveyed said that they had recently stepped up their efforts to reduce absenteeism in the light of the recession. More than half, or 56 per cent, said that they had laid off staff in the past 12 months, with 40 per cent stating that they used attendance records as part of their assessment process for redundancy.

The sickie boom is over it appears.

Good to see the public sector haven't let the economic gloom effect them.

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The sickie boom is over it appears.

Good to see the public sector haven't let the economic gloom effect them.

Im predicting 2009 to be much higher. The combined effect of redundancies and the survivors having to pick up all the jobs they never did before and swine flu panic. Id expect double figures easy.

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