The number of sick days taken by British workers has fallen to an all time low.
Back in 1993, the average worker took 7.2 sick days per year adding up to 178 million across the nation. By 2013, this had plummeted to 131 million days collectively or 4.4 per worker. Analysts have stated the primary reason for the decline is job insecurity. Musculoskeletal conditions such as back and neck problems account for the lion’s share of sick related absence, followed by more minor illnesses like coughs and colds.
This chart shows the number of days lost through sickness absence from 1993 to 2013.
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