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Absence rates and costs IRS 2010 survey: 3.3% of working time lost to absence

Author: Rachel Suff

Absence accounted for 3.3% of working time among the IRS survey respondents, equivalent to about seven-and-a-half days per employee. Employers also estimate that absence cost £500 per head of staff in 2009, although most calculations fail to take account of many of the direct and indirect effects of sickness absence on productivity.