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Employees “Pulling A Sickie” Are Costing The UK Economy £900m

Employees “Pulling A Sickie” Are Costing The UK Economy £900m

UK employees who “pull a sickie” are costing the country’s economy £900m every year, according to a report by breatheHR. The survey of 1,002 UK workers and 504 business owners has revealed that 15% of all workers feign illness at least once a year – with 42% of these fakers doing so just because they feel too tired to go to work – while 19% to do to avoid a certain situation, such as a client meeting. Surprisingly, just 46% of those surveyed admit to actually using up all of their holiday allowance, with businesses losing more than 7.5 million working days a year due to impromptu sick leave – which when based on the average UK salary of £27,000, has a combined value of £900m. When it comes to business owners’ attitude to sick employees, 71% admit they would still expect someone to co... »

Apprentices Certainly Not Sick Of Work, As Study Finds Trainees Less Likely To Fall Ill Than Full-Timers

Apprentices Certainly Not Sick Of Work, As Study Finds Trainees Less Likely To Fall Ill Than Full-Timers

Apprentices and trainees are less likely to take sick leave than full-time workers, according to a report by Direct Line for Business. Their survey, which contains figures from the Health and Safety Executive obtained via Freedom of Information, revealed there’s a yearly average of 6,000 incidences of work-related illness for 16 to 18 year olds – compared to 1,202,000 for workers aged 19 plus. While this is unsurprising given there are fewer apprentices in the workforce, when broken down in percentage terms just 1.6% of trainees are affected by illness compared to 3.9% of full time workers – suggesting apprentices are much less likely to report sickness whilst on placement. When it comes to workplace accidents however, apprentices are 73% more likely to be injured than their ol... »