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Sickness absence from work in the UK


  • Debra Leaker

    (Office for National Statistics)


This article presents sickness absence rates by various personal and labour market characteristics from the Labour Force Survey for working-age (men aged 16 to 64 and women aged 16 to 59) employees. It also presents logistic regression analysis, which is a method to combine a range of factors affecting sickness absence to see their effect, and finally looks at other sources of information on sickness absence from work. In the period July 2007 to June 2008, around 5.8 million scheduled working days were lost to sickness or injury, this accounted for 1.5 per cent of scheduled working days. Women and those working in the public sector are most likely to be absent from work because of sickness or injury. Economic & Labour Market Review (2008) 2, 18–22; doi:10.1057/elmr.2008.167

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  • Debra Leaker, 2008. "Sickness absence from work in the UK," Economic & Labour Market Review, Palgrave Macmillan;Office for National Statistics, vol. 2(11), pages 18-22, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:ecolmr:v:2:y:2008:i:11:p:18-22

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    1. Veliziotis, Michail, 2010. "Unionization and sickness absence from work in the UK," ISER Working Paper Series 2010-15, Institute for Social and Economic Research.

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