CBI Absenteeism Survey

CBI Absenteeism Survey

According to the CBI Absenteeism Survey, The British economy suffered a loss of 190 million working days to absence in 2010.  According to the latest CBI/Pfizer Absence and Workplace Health Survey, each employee took an average of 6.5 days of sick leave.  This cost employers £17bn, including over £2.7bn from 30.4 million days of fake sickness absence. These figures do not include any of the other indirect costs of absence, like lost productivity or poorer customer service.


Despite the introduction of the new “fit note” in 2010, the rate of absence last year was marginally higher than in 2009, when employees averaged 6.4 sick days, the lowest rate since the survey began in 1987. The 190 million days cost


The cost to British Industry

The CBI Absenteeism Survey states: “Each absent employee cost their employer £760 on average in 2010 through a combination of direct costs in sick pay, lost output and provision of cover. Across the economy as a whole, the direct costs alone amount to more than £17bn a year. Sickness and health problems are the main cause of absence and the most widespread factor in restricting  employees’ productivity when they are at work. There are, however, a wide variety of other problems that contribute both to absence and under-performance at work.”


Risk Assesment

“Awareness has greatly increased in recent years about health issues and the impact work and lifestyle choices can have on employees’ wellbeing and their performance at work. The major part played by mental health problems in causing loss of working time has led many employers to take action to tackle stress among their employees. In setting their priorities for the future, employers are looking to take steps not only directly related to employee health but also to raise levels of employee engagement and recognition, which can have an important impact on wellbeing.”


“Nine out of ten employers offer stress management support”

UK based companies use Counselling as the most widely used practice (86%), this is closely followed by access to occupational health support (81%).