The latest XpertHR research finds that absence from work was worth 2.8% of working time in 2010, equivalent to an average of 6.5 days per employee. The cost of absence amounted to £553 per employee, when averaged across the whole workforce.
Absence accounted for 3.3% of working time among the IRS 2009 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.
HR had a challenging year in 2009, but has come through it in good shape. Our eighth annual survey on HR roles and responsibilities finds that the function is growing in demand and influence within organisations.
Sickness absences continued to have a marked impact on employers in the UK during 2008; this IRS survey provides detailed analyses of absence rates by such factors as industry and location, supplemented by statistics on the financial impact of non-attendance on organisations.
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