All items: Employee relations

  • Absence rates survey 2011: 2.8% of working time lost

    28 June 2011

    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.

  • Working with trade unions: time off and facilities

    9 August 2010

    The 2010 IRS survey on working with trade unions looks at the time-off arrangements and facilities for trade unions and trade unionists in the workplace.

  • Setting absence targets to improve performance: the 2010 survey

    27 July 2010

    More than half (54%) the employers taking part in the IRS survey set collective targets for absence levels. This article examines the targets in use and whether or not they are being met.

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

    25 May 2010

    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 roles and responsibilities: the 2010 IRS survey

    22 February 2010

    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.

  • Absence rates and costs in the UK in 2008

    4 May 2009

    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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Survey analysis: HR and legal information and guidance relating to employee relations.