This report sets out the findings of the CIPD’s sixteenth national survey of absence management trends, policy and practice. The analysis is based on replies from 578 organisations across the UK in reference to 1.5 million employees.

Absence levels

The average level of employee absence has increased slightly compared with last year, from 6.6 to 6.9 days per employee, although it remains lower than in 2013 (7.6 days). There is, however, considerable variation in absence levels across and within sectors. Average absence has increased most in the public sector (where it is now 50% higher than in the private sector), while it has decreased slightly in manufacturing and production. The level of absence also tends to be higher in larger organisations, regardless of sector.

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